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1935 Charles 2019

Charles F. Campbell

May 7, 1935 — December 1, 2019

Campbell, Charles F.

Alpena, Michigan and Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Formerly of Bay County, Michigan

          Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Charles F. Campbell , sailed to his Heavenly home in the evening hours of December 1, 2019 in Freeland, Michigan. Charles was born on May 7, 1935 in Pinconning, Michigan to the late Charles F. Campbell and Minerva (Peters) Burke. On July 12, 1979 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Alpena, Michigan, Charles married his loving wife and caregiver, Donna Minnick, and she survives him. Charles proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy Reserves for twelve years and forty-two years in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was honored to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in Rogers City, Michigan. In 2001 after forty-two years of service for the American Steamship Company, Charles retired as the Chief Engineer of the American Mariner. He was an active member of the Ramblin Rods Car Club in Alpena, and attended many car shows whenever time prevailed. One of Charles biggest joys in life was working on cars; refurbishing antique cars was his specialty. Charles loved to go fast and will be remember as a speed demon by many. Something not many know about Charles is that he was an avid woodworker. One of Charles proudest accomplishments was being dedicated to his AA recovery for 42 consecutive years, as well as sponsoring many others and providing guidance and support. Leaving a great legacy for his family; Charles loved his family, God, and his country. He will be missed dearly by all of his family and friends.

          Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of over 40 years and “the best thing that ever happened to him”, Donna Marie Campbell; ten children, Deb (Dean) Hitchens, Vicki Gizowski, Dori Jo (Tom) Amthor, James (Lynn) Campbell, Rev. Charles (Kelly) Campbell, GeradlynDetloff, Linda (Roy) Samborn, Paula Bixman, Sharon (Chris) Kasper, and Vicki (Tim) Gulden; forty-one grandchildren; eighty-three great-grandchildren; fur baby, George; two sisters, Judy Bowersock and Joyce (Keith) Heartline; sister-in-law, Marlene (Paul) Gersewski; two brothers-in-law, Tom Minnick and Roy (Martha) Minnick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Charles is finally reunited with his parents, Charles F. Campbell and Minerva (Jim) Burke; three grandchildren, Jenny Detz, Billy Hitchens, and Zachary Nicholas; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Gottleber, Thomas Rytlewski, Hunter Ludy, and Kingsley Ludy; two brothers-in-law, David Bowersock and Raymond Mascott; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

          The Funeral Service will take place at 12:00 p.m., noon, on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Karpus – Hunter Funeral Home in Alpena, Michigan. Officiating will be Rev. Charles F. Campbell Jr. Family and friends may call to the Karpus – Hunter Funeral Home on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Private family interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Alpena, Michigan. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For online condolences please visit,

Funeral Service

    Alpena, Michigan 49707
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, at Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home: Visitation 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in Alpena, Michigan: Visitation 10:00 a.m. - .12:00 PM; Funeral Service 12:00 PM
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