Richard Campbell

Born: Sat., Jul. 15, 1933
Died: Mon., May 11, 2020


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Richard "Dick" "Snattle" Campbell of Warren, born July 15, 1933. A few paragraphs in the column of a newspaper page cannot accurately portray the life of this little boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Clarendon, PA who saw the world through loving and awe struck eyes and who created a life and legacy of love, decency and grace. He left us on May 11th, to begin his next great adventure. His friends and loved ones seemed to be countless in number, his enemies were few. He saw the divine in each of us, and made the best of whatever situation he found himself in. He lived an inspired life, God led and he followed. We, all who knew and loved him, are far better for his presence in our lives. He is survived by his wife Martha Mack Campbell, whom he married on 1/21/61. A daughter, Christine Cheronis her husband James, and their children Alexandra Cheronis (Alex Straume) and Christian Cheronis A son, Scott and his wife Linda and their children and spouses; Nicholas Campbell, Jessie Campbell (James Conley) Melissa and Dan Martin, Mandy and Jeff Stoltenberg, and Michelle Hinman. He was preceded in passing over by his fast friend and brother, Earl "Squirrel" Campbell, his youngest brother William "Bill" Campbell, and a grandson Aristotle Cheronis. Dick served in the United States Army after graduating from Warren High School. After his service, he returned to Scandia and along with Charlie Irvin founded Blueberry Hill Golf Club. He went on to work for Penelec, retiring in 1995. He served as an Elk Township Supervisor and then went on be elected to two terms as Warren County Commissioner. He served on many boards and volunteered in numerous organizations, including; Boy Scouts Cornplanter Council, Salvation Army, Office on Aging, Hospice of Warren County, Rouse Estates, and at different times in his life served and worshipped at Scandia Covenant Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church. He loved to spend time on his swing watching the birds along the river at the family camp. He especially enjoyed solving all of the worlds problems during coffee in the mornings surrounded by his friends. He was an ardent Steeler, Pirate and Penn State fan, and long time WAHS athletics booster. He had a great passion for travel and meeting new people. In his 80th year he visited his ancestral home, only to find out, much to his dismay, that the Campbells were one of the most reviled clans in all of Scotland. Most importantly of all, This man, this wonderful, perfectly flawed man with a beautiful soul, loved... oh, how he loved. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Arrangements are made by Peterson Blick Funeral Home. A private internment will be held Thursday, May 14th. Plans are being made for a public memorial gathering later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully encourages donations be made to; Friends of Rouse, Hospice of Warren County and Alzheimer's Association.

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Tim and Barb Greenlund
   Posted Wed May 13, 2020
Marty, Chris,Scott, and family.
Please accept our deepest sympathy as you go through this very difficult time. I have known Dick for a long time and can honestly say that he was always a gentleman with a very pleasant personality.
He will be missed by the community as he gave back so much and for that we all are very thankful .
Please know that our continued prayers will be with all of you.
Tim and Barb

Dr. Julie Boozer
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
Dick’s obituary in the Warren Times Observer is a wonderful expression of the kind of compassionate man that he was and the difference that he made in our communities…both Elk Township (Scandia) and Warren County. Scandia was an important part of his life, particularly when he fell in love with lovely Martha, youngest of the Mack children, who lived on Scandia Road, hardly a quarter mile from the Corners and when they married he lived there as Martha cared for her parents in their declining years. Dick was active in the community and served as an Elk Township Supervisor in 1970 - 1991. During the 1980s, Dick was chairman of the Scandia Covenant Church and engineered the building of a major addition to provide Sunday School rooms, church offices and a spacious meeting hall with a massive fireplace made of Scandia stones carried in from the homes of church members. Dick was amiable, committed and was respected by all.
His wife, the former Martha Mack attended Scandia Church Sunday school faithfully from her early childhood and was confirmed at the Church by Rev. Klaus Pearson in the late 1950s in a class with David Reagle and Kingston Lindblom, both deceased. Dora Anderson Wedlock, who lives in Jamestown, was also in that class. They married at Scandia Church in 1961and Dick moved into the Mack family residence and they attended Scandia Church during those years he served as a Township Supervisor. From that township post he was elected and served as a Commissioner of Warren County and they lived in Warren.
Dick and Martha were active participants in the Elk Township Homecoming, which was held at the Corners on Labor Day from 1930 to the 1980s. This celebration brought back people who had grown up in Scandia but had moved away during the Industrial Revolution. They now came back to their childhood home to “greet old friends and make new.” In its prime years, the Warren Newspaper reported as many as two to three thousand persons attended during the day’s activities. The morning began at Church with a speaker and a song in Swedish called “Days of our Childhood.”
Martha was very instrumental in serving the dinner prepared by the Ladies Aid of the church. Her mother was a phenomenal pie baker and often prepared as many as eight or ten delicious pies from her oven. She admonished her son-in-law, Dick not to spill a drop as he very carefully carried them from their home up the steep hill to where they would be delightfully served out of a school window! In the afternoons there were competitive games and stunts for all ages, ferocious water battles by local volunteer fire departments, hometown parades and enthusiastic horse shows. Dick served as sports program chairman, was on the Board of Directors for many years and served as Chairman of that board in 1971.

Dick’s story is well told in his obituary, but this piece is intended to fill in some details about the significant contributions that Dick and Martha have made to life in Scandia. After they moved to Warren in later years, they often attended Scandia Church affairs and especially Homecoming.
Today, our Scandia hearts reach out to Dick’s family, just as he always extended his hand, with a welcoming smile, to someone he met along the path of life.
May God bless you, Julie Lindblom Boozer Elk Township Historical Society
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Craig & Cathy Steinkamp
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
It was with great deal of regret that we read of the recent passing of Richard "Dick","Snattle" Campbell. You could always count on a smile,kind word,a meaningful hand shake or just a plain enjoyable visit. Dick was always willing to help or get the help one might need. A true gentleman. We always looked forward to our morning coffee with Dick,or as Boonie Sturdevant refered to him as "Snattle",an old time humorous name he was pinned with at an early age. Rest in peace my friend,you have labored and provided for many. See you again on day,you weiner.

Fred and Lovena D. Rulander
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
Marty and Family,
Always enjoyed talking to you and Dick wherever we would meet be it at Rouse Home for your mother, class reunions of 1951 and just anywhere On the street.
You have our deepest sympathy and hope and pray our paths will meet again.

jim and betty lynch
   Posted Fri May 15, 2020
To the Campbell Clan, we are so sorry for your loss. Dick was a good friend, and a memorable human being. He did so much for so many. God speed, Dick.

Steve and Kim Wilkins
   Posted Fri May 15, 2020
Marty, Chris, Scott.
Kim and I want to express our condolences to you and your families for the loss of a wonderful father and a great man! Truer words could not be spoken of your dad than the wonderful obituary in the paper! May god richly bless each and everyone of you and we will keep your family in our prayers!!!!!!

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