Dr. Russell Mitchell Campbell passed away on January 17, 2019. He was the first child born to Dr. James McCurdy Campbell and Ruth Mitchell Campbell on February 24, 1925 in Bellevue, Pennsylvania.
Following his graduation from Bellevue High School in 1942, he attended Penn State, ultimately graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946 as a Pharmacist Mate Third Class. In 1953, he graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana. Russell was a competitive tennis player throughout high school and college. He loved big band jazz and was a gifted jazz musician himself, playing both the saxophone and clarinet in dance bands in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and New York.
Starting in 1957, Russell worked in wholesale sales at Pennzoil in Oil City, Pennsylvania, for three years. It was there that he met Lois Feely. They married at Grace United Methodist Church in Oil City on November 30, 1957 and had two children. He then opened his chiropractic office in Oil City in 1960 and practiced for 45 years. Russell and Lois moved to Frisco, Texas, in 2005.
While living in Oil City, Russell sang in the choir at the Second Presbyterian Church and played the saxophone in the Mostly Brass Community Band. After moving to Texas, Russell became a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Plano.
Russell was a fifty-year member of Petrolia Lodge 363 F & AM and Coudersport Consistory. He also enjoyed touring the country, particularly trips to the Carolina beaches, with his family in his travel trailer.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James and Ruth (Mitchell) Campbell. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois Campbell of Frisco, Texas; his son, Steven Mitchell Campbell of Wilmington, North Carolina; his daughter, Jane Anne (Dr. Michael) Opatowsky of Dallas, Texas; his grandchildren, Hannah Ellen Opatowsky of Dallas, Texas, and Mitchell James Opatowsky of Washington, D.C.; his sister, Jean Ross of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Piper, his beloved Welsh Terrier.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Russell’s final resting place will be in the family plot at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his honor to K9s for Warriors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.