Charles Frederick "Fred" Campbell
REV. CHARLES FREDERICK “FRED” CAMPBELL, 90, of Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Chester, Illinois, passed away at 10:25 pm, Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Spring Hill Care Center, Concordia Village in Springfield, Illinois. He was born to the late Charles and Laura (nee: Horn) Campbell on May 27, 1929, in Morristown, NJ, and they preceded him in death. Fred married June Louise Kroutter on March 20, 1953 at Mobile, AL, who survives.
Fred earned his pilot license at age 17 He attended Washington & Jefferson University in Washington, PA, continuing at George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he worked for the FBI while going to night school. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950, and completed his Bachelors degree at University of Nebraska at Omaha. He taught Electronics and Radar at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS until 1952, when he was called to attend Air Force Pilot Training. While at Keesler he attended a USO dance, met and fell in love with June.
He was brought to Christ thru the witness of his roommate in Pilot Training through Bible readings. While in his military life, he served the Lord faithfully at several congregations as Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent, Trustee, Adult Class Teacher, Choir member, Evangelist, Stewardship Worker and Layman where needed. In 1971 he turned down a promotion to Lt. Colonel to enroll in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Seminary in Springfield, Illinois to become a Lutheran Minister and received a Masters of Divinity degree. Following seminary, Fred served his entire Pastoral Career from vicarage in 1974 to his retirement May 31, 1994 at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL. He served as Secretary to the Southern Illinois District Evangelism Committee, served as a Pastoral Counselor for the So. IL District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, as Secretary for the Lower Kaskaskia Circuit Pastors and as Secretary of the Chester Ministerial Association. Fred& June were blessed to move to Concordia Village in Springfield, IL in 2015 and transferred their church membership to St. John Lutheran Church in Chatham, IL.
Fred enjoyed his St. Louis Cardinals, he renewed his pilot’s license which enabled him to fly family and friends around So. Illinois, he put in over 700 miles of swimming laps at the Perryville Recreation Center, he & June volunteered at the Chester Welcome Center, and he was a regular blood donor for the Red Cross. He was a Life Member of VFW Post #3553 and American Legion Alva Courier Post #487.
A quote from Fred regarding his life: “Best of all, has been the joy of having my dear and loving family around me and knowing that we shall always be together through this life and right on into the next one with our dear Jesus, being sure that all of our goof-ups, bad acts, mistakes and wrongs will be forgiven for the sake of our Savior’s atoning sacrifice on the cross. When we stand before our Heavenly Father, Jesus will say ‘It’s OK, they’re with ME!’.”
Survivors: Wife, June L. Campbell of Springfield; 4 Children: Laura (Gary) Catherwood of Springfield, IL, Kathy (Jim) Farish of Mobile, AL, Craig (Joan) Campbell, Lt.Col.(Ret) Shiloh, IL and Susan (Mike) McClure of Chester, IL; 1 Brother: Donn (Jeanne) Campbell, PhD of Annapolis, MD; 13 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren: Brian (Hannah) Catherwood, their children – Noah and Esther, Curt (Crystal) Catherwood, their children – Clark and Zeke, Bethany (Bobby) VanDerWal, their children – Elliott and Easton, Daniel (Nikki) Farish, their children – Andrew, Ginger, Charlie and Quinn Nathan (Kelsie) Farish, their son – Rylinn, Jacob Farish, his dog – Tipper, Joel (Amber) Farish, their children – Jaycee and Chevelle, Colin Campbell, Katelyn Campbell, her dog – Tanner, Michael (Amber) McClure II, Jennifer (Matt) DeBackere, their daughter – Ellie, Christine (Adam) Schnelting, their daughter – Kate Elizabeth McClure (Fiancé Clinton Fischer), Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.
Visitation: Saturday, 8:00 am – 11:00 am, at St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois.
Memorial Service: 1:30 pm, Monday, October 14, 2019, Concordia Village Chapel, Springfield, IL.
Funeral Service: 11:00 am, Saturday, September 28, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois, Rev. Tim Sims and Rev. Justin Massey officiating. Interment at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Chester, Illinois.
In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, IL, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chatham, IL, Concordia Village, Springfield, IL or Benevolent Fund or Scholarship Fund.