Erv Campbell, of Mora, died on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 85 years old.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
****Memorials are preferred to the Mora Food Shelf in memory of Erv***
Ervin Donovan Campbell, of Mora, died on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 85 years old.
Erv was born on August 2, 1926 to parents David and Margaret (LeDoux) Campbell on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen County, Minnesota. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in Europe during WWII. After his discharge, Erv was united in marriage to Rita Cook in St. Paul. The couple then moved to Mora in 1947, where he farmed during the day and was the night shift supervisor and welder at Blawknox in Mora. He left Blawknox in 1962 and moved to a farm in Grasston. He took over the well drilling business from this father and grandfather. In 2003 he retired and moved with Rita to a house in Mora. Only two years later, his health deteriorated and he moved to the Villa Health Care Center in Mora.
Erv was an avid deer hunter in his younger years, and a fisherman for life. For many years he was a permanent fixture at the Sportsman’s Cafe. Erv loved music and playing the harmonica. He would play for church services, funerals, and the nursing home. Erv greatly missed his best friend and companion “Nicky” a Collie and German Shepherd mixed dog. Erv will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Erv is preceded in death by his parents, son Allen Campbell, 9 brothers and sisters, and beloved dog Nicky.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita of Mora, children Dan (Mary) Campbell of Ogilvie, Marlys (Mike) Reynolds of Ogilvie, Larry Campbell of Ogilvie, and Sally Silva of Pine City; 9 Grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brothers Bill (Doris) Campbell and Louis (Judy) Campbell both of Mora; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.