Dale Campbell - July 11, 2011

Dale Campbell, 91, of Aurora, formerly of Hastings, died July 11, 2011, at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Evangelical Free Church in Aurora. Rev. Vance Christie will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Golden Rule Association-Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton Community Foundation-Scholarship Fund and the Child Saving Foundation. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Dale Alexander Campbell, son of Melvin F. and Dora (Marvel) Campbell, was born on the family farm near Giltner on Aug. 15, 1919.
Dale graduated from Giltner High School in 1937. He attended Kearney State Teachers’ College and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
On Aug. 18, 1940 he married Gertrude Brandner. He worked on the family farm near Giltner until 1950. At that time he became manager of the plumbing and heating department of Montgomery Wards in Hastings for 14 years. In 1964, they moved to Aurora where they owned and operated the Gambles Store until 1976. During their retirement they loved to travel. They travelled to all 50 states, parts of Canada, Mexico, Spain and Africa. Dale annually repaired and refurbished the Aurora city Christmas lights. Gertrude passed away on March 13, 1997.
Dale was a member of the First Christian Church, where he served in many capacities. He received much satisfaction as a member of the Voluntary Service work team of the Christian Church working in various disaster areas in other states.
Dale joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings on April 5, 1998. He married Iris Saathoff on June 20, 1998.
Dale was a member of NEDADE Board, past member of the Lion’s Club, Aurora Cemetery Board and past as well as honorary member of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Awards he had received were: Gambles Award 10 for years of service in 1974, Chamber of Commerce Award in 1980 and Admiral in the Navy of the Great State of Nebraska in 1987. He was active in the National Campers and Hikers Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Murlin and step-daughter, Frances Lau.
Survivors include his daughter, Bonnie Campbell of Aurora; sister, Irene Strong of Aurora; sister-in-law, Mary Campbell of Aurora; nieces and nephews Jim and Cookie (Bieck) Krieger and family of Hastings, Ron and Georgeen Strong and family of West Webster, New York, Alan Strong of Huntsville, Texas, Dave and Cathie Campbell and family of Pleasanton, Marilee (Campbell) and Ed Zachek and Family of Davenport, Norman Campbell of Grand Island, John and April Campbell and Family of Aurora, his wife, Iris Campbell of Hastings; step-daughters, Marilyn (Gilbert) McWhirter of Trumbull, Maxine (Darrell) Pekarek of Pleasant Dale, and many other friends and relatives.

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