ERVIN DONOVAN CAMPBELL

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.

5 guestbook entries for ERVIN DONOVAN CAMPBELL

  1. Duane and Barb Hansen October 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Erv will be dearly missed. We enjoyed visiting with him and listening to him play at the Villa..

    Duane and Barb

  2. Marilyn Tober October 24, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Rest in peace Erv you
    play the harmonica and Toby can sing

  3. Penny Griffin October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Erv there is now an empty space in my heart that only you could fill i miss you more then words can say i enjoyed taking care of you and seeing youre smiling face daily i love u and miss you keep toby company hug him for me!

  4. Penny Griffin October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Erv i miss seeing youre smiling face daily and just the joy of taking care of you . You made my life richer for being a part of it i miss you greatly! Hug Toby for me and sing us all a good song! Love and miss you dearly!

  5. nicole steiner November 6, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Erv, I will miss you. Im not yet back to work but i heard of your passing. You were a wonderfull man. I loved taking care of you. You put a smile on my face every time i seen you. I remember you singing (seranating us) when you left the dining room. You had a smile no one can forget. The last time i seen you i gave you a big hug. That makes me feel better. I remember when i met you you asked my name, and i said nikki. You said you can never forget me bucause you had a sheep helping dog named nicky. She was a great dog to you. You once told me a dream you had of nicky- you two were hearding sheep. You said the dream felt so real. And one time you told me you heard barking in the night- She was probably always by your side Erv. I will miss you dearly and so will all of us at the villa. And especially your family. Love you Erv.

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