James Allan “Al” Campbell Jr. peacefully entered heaven’s gates on the evening of March 26, 2023. He had a perfect day watching NCAA basketball with family at his home on Lake Wawasee- his favorite place in the world.
Al was born in Richmond, IN on May 11, 1930 and what a gift he was to his parents and everyone that knew him. He was an Indiana boy living in eight different towns K-12 and attended three high schools in Warsaw, Walkerton, and Sullivan. He loved his Indiana roots and continued to keep in touch with his classmates through the years.
He attended Indiana University for one year, pledging Phi Delta Theta, and then transferred to Purdue University when he was accepted into their Naval ROTC program. Al met his future wife, Dottie Vogelgesang while at Purdue.
Al served his country as a Marine and fought in the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart. Ten days after his return from the war- he married his love, Dottie, in Indianapolis.He had a successful career of 37 years at Procter and Gamble where he directed international personnel and traveled the world. He cherished his P&G family and made lifelong friends. Al was a community leader and avid volunteer serving on School Boards, Cincinnati Rotary, the International Visitors Council in Cincinnati, as an Elder at North Minster Presbyterian Church, The Wawasee Property Owner’s Assoc. and Wawasee Area Conservancy. He loved guiding the “10 Lake” Canoe trips for 25 years and all the connections he made.
Al shared 58 years with his beloved wife, Dottie. Then he was blessed to find love for a second time with his special friend, Georgia Ernst. They had a happy ten years together. Al was a wonderful father and husband, faithful servant to God, great communicator, courageous warrior, and loved his country, family, and friends fiercely.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Priscilla and James A. Campbell, Sr., sister Connie, and his wife Dorothy Campbell. He is survived by his special friend, Georgia Ernst, his younger sister, Karen McCallum, his children Kathy Sorrels, David (Haylene) Campbell, Betsy (Mark) Phillips, and Nancy (Jeff) Jensen. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Brandi, Alex, Laura, Christina, Erin, Nick, Sarah, Michelle, Abby, Grace, Andrew, and Caroline. He was additionally blessed with six great-grandchildren and nine wonderful nieces and nephews.
Titus Funeral Home & Cremation Services- Owen Chapel is entrusted with the care of Al Campbell Jr. A celebration of life will be held in Cincinnati, Friday, May 12 th at Spring Grove Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223. Visitation at 1pm with service at 2pm. A casual “Al style” Lake Wawasee Celebration will be held Saturday, July 8th at W.A.C.F, 11586 N. State Road 13, Syracuse, IN 46567 beginning at 3pm.
Contributions in his memory can be made to the W.A.C.F. (wacf.com) Wawasee Area Conservancy
Foundation, Syracuse, IN.