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Frederick J. “Fritz” Campbell, 97, of Wenona, died March 15, 2013, in Heritage Healthcare, Streator.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Methodist Church, Wenona, with Pastor Angel Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Wenona Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in Hurst Funeral Home, Wenona, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church until time of services.
Mr. Campbell was born in Wenona on Sept. 14, 1915, to Fred J. and Frances (Russell) Campbell. He married Merleta M. Anthony on Jan. 20, 1951.
He graduated from Wenona High School in 1933. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, returned home and took over the family business, Wenona Produce Co. He worked there until it closed and then for Illinois State Comptroller and then for Illinois Department of Transportation until his retirement.
Fritz’s passion in life was Republican politics. He was a delegate to several Republican National Conventions and attended the presidential inaugurations of President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He served as Republican precinct committeeman and Marshall County Republican chairman for 24 years. He was very involved in local politics and eventually became the Mayor of Wenona, where he served four devoted terms. Fritz was a member of Wenona American Legion. He was a kind, generous, husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Campbell is survived by one daughter Susan (Don) Decker of Cornell; two grandsons, Andrew (fiancé Brooke Haarmann) Decker of Wheeling and Joshua Decker of Cornell; two sisters, Donna Campbell of Streator and Mary Henderson of Bellevue, Wash.; one brother, Robert Campbell of Evanston; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 22, 2006; one brother, Vic Campbell; and one sister, Sheila Campbell.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Methodist Church, Wenona American Legion or Wenona Ambulance Department.