Jerry “J.C.” Campbell

March 20, 1945 ‒ March 14, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  Jerry Campbell passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon March 14, 2015 in his daughter’s rural Lexington home among family.   He was 69 years old.  Born March 20, 1945 to James D. and Emma Lucille (Meyer) Campbell he was graduated from Lexington High School in 1963 and a lifelong resident of the Lexington area.

JC served three years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as a jet mechanic. Following his active duty military service he served with the US Naval Seabees and adopted their unofficial motto “Can Do” as his attitude in life. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #5101, Lexington.

Known by all as a hard worker, JC used his entrepreneurial spirit to manage multiple endeavors at once. He worked finishing plaster and drywall at J&B Acoustical for 50 years as well as through his own business, Moonlite Plastering & Drywall.  He made the most of each day and could be found working on his farm, or mowing grass in the summer and plowing snow in the winter. But there still was time for his true passion…cars.

He inherited his father’s love for cars at an early age. Whether it was racing stock cars, restoring classic Chevy’s or just collecting, he was always a go-to guy for auto parts or information for restoration or repair. With JC, a wealth of information on cars has also passed.

Remembered as a humble “people person,” JC was all about the laugh and brightening somebody’s day. Life was a party…he was for dancing, and country music, and picking, and grinning, and loudly enjoying life!

JC formerly served Troy Township, Morrow County, as a township trustee, and had attended Heartland Church.

His surviving family includes daughters and son-in-law Kelly Pack of Lexington, Jamie & Randy Miller of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren Micah Thompson, Noah Pack, Isaiah Pack, Rebekah Pack, Zachary Miller, Emily Miller and Riley Miller; sister Judy Braddock of Mansfield and brother and sister-in-law Rick & Kathryn Campbell of Mansfield; and a host of friends.

His family will receive friends Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Yogi Durbin will officiate. Contributions in JC’s memory to the Lexington Senior Civic Center may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve JC’s family. Send them a note of sympathy and support or watch JC’s tribute video at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear this. JC was one of my favorite customers at Deckers. Always good for a joke and a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God comfort you all during this time.

  • It is with a sad heart that I give my heart felt condolences. J.C was a dear friend to my dad, Tom Baker. I grew up knowing him and being called “Lisa”. J.C was always good for a laugh and my daughter knew him as “Ralphie” which is what he called her. I have so many funny memories of him, he was a friend to my “hole” family. J.C. will be so very missed! Hugs and prayer to you all!
    Leslie Saxton

  • it really makes me sad I have a memory that I will take to my grave of jc I was just a little kid about 4 and he bowled with my parents at lex lane and I had gotten a jaw breaker caught in my throat and jc came running up grabbed me up and held me upside down smacking me on my back till it came out my mom till this day said I was blue and on my way out but jc saved me well that’s how I see it so thank jc god speed

  • Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family. We were introduced to J.C. a few years ago, when he had come into our home and replastered our ceiling. Little did I know of the relation to the family. He just went by J.C. We talked about some spiritual things when he was here. He seemed very jovial and willing to listen to us talk about the Lord. We are very sorry for your loss. May God’s comfort be with you.
    ~With Deepest Sympathy~
    The Syler Family
    Kevin, Sharon and Caleb

  • our thoughts and prayers to the Campbell family so many fond memories and funny stories we have of JC he was a great friend and will be sorely missed we loved him dearly. rest in peace jc till we meet again.

  • So sorry for your loss. JC was a great friend throughout the years and his smile will be greatly missed!

  • J.C. was a long time family friend and we could always count on him if we needed anything. Maybe just some gravel to fill a hole, plowing my drive but he always made us laugh. Tom and him could always find some mischief to get into and he always made J.C. dance with me because he rather talk (Tom that is). I will especially be thinking of him this year as my children and I have Easter dinner, he stopped at James’ last year and ate with us. Love and prayers to your family.

  • One of the first people I met when I moved to Lexington as a Navy kid too far from water, was JC. He, Tom McGuire, Roger Wyrick and John Kennedy (my brother in law) were one tight knit and crazy bunch. Somehow, in spite of all their shenanigans, they all survived for many years. Through them all, they never wavered in their friendship, always there to support and encourage each other and sometimes to tell each other they had gone too far. A better friendship would be hard to find. I always envied their long history together. Many of the chapters in their lives starred JC as the always smiling, laughing and entertaining character in their story. The book will not be nearly as interesting without him.

  • My condolences to the Campbell Family; I have known JC my whole life and spent some of that time working along side him here at J & B. I have yet to meet another individual so quick with a smile and a laugh to brighten your day. He will be greatly missed.

  • We want to extend to JC’s family, our sincerest sympathies. Jerry was so sincere in his attempt at bringing JOY to as many people as he could. God will surely bless him for that, as he enters HIS kingdom!. May you find peace in your memories and knowing His love for Jerry and his family will surround you with that Love as your hearts mend from such a loss.

  • Our thoughts and prayers to all the family. What a funny and loving family guy! Everyone will miss that smile and laugh! Thinking of you all..

  • So sorry for your loss. One of the nicest man I have ever met. He was always willing to help with whatever needed done. Shared many a two step with him at the VFW. Always smiling and never a bad word for anyone. He will be missed. RIP. J C !!!!

  • Jamie and family,

    I did not have the honor of knowing JC but the wonderful tribute leaves me thinking this is my loss. Sounds like a great man. I am praying for your family at this time and know your Faith will keep you strong.

    Beth Reitler

  • My heart goes out to JC’s Family and friends. I know my father (Roger Weirick) will be lost without him. I can’t remember too many times of going places or doing things with my parents as a kid that JC wasn’t there and the life of the party. He was always full of laughter and smiled all the time (usually because that wild group of guys were up to no good!) The last time he and my dad stopped to see me at work he gave me a big hug and I’m so glad I have that to remember. Even as my dad was in the hospital back in December-January from the flu JC was worried about my dad calling around trying to make sure he was ok when he was going through his battle. JC you were a great friend and will be missed by so many!

  • I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I am wishing you all peace, comfort and healing as you recall fond memories. My thoughts are with you.

  • What a great guy! He will never be forgotten!! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace JC!!

  • Kelly, Jamie and your families, it deeply saddens us to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. I have many memories of him always there to help out and most of all that smiling face. I just hope my Dad (AL Schiff) was there to greet him. I’m sure they are having a great time.

  • Jamie and family…I so enjoyed watching the DVD. What a great smile your dad had. He looks like he really enjoyed life and his family! We are sending our prayers and hugs to you and your family from Vero Beach as you remember your sweet daddy this week! Love yall!

  • Our condolences to the family. JC was an awesome man. Always smiling and had that ornery look about him. Lol. Gramps called him up when we had Scores n asked JC for help. He was there within an hour. That was the last I saw him. Gramps (Bob Kehl n Bonnie Kehl) sure had some stories to tell. Rest in peace JC. Fly to the Angels. Semper Fidelis. Pammi Bringhman. Please call me if you read this or someone seeing her. 614.749.4002. Thank you. .

  • Sorry to hear about your loss of JC. Still remember the great times JC had with his
    Brown 57 Chevy
    we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

    Larry Minard

  • Jamie and family… We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Don & Shelli Leclair

  • JC had a heart of gold, he would do anything he could do to help a friend. He would come flying in the drive hop out say hi and leave. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family

  • Kelly, Jamie and family.
    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We can remember him and your family growing up on Jamestown Dr. Will never forget that great smile and that laugh! He was always willing to help us out or just stop and talk. What a fun and loving guy.
    Look for that first twinkling star each night. It will be your Dad looking down and smiling.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jerry and Bonnie

  • To the family of Jerry i am so sorry for your loss. I would like to share with you something that always gives me hope God promises us that he will resurrect those who passed away. John 5:28,29 it is very comforting knowing that we will see our loved ones again. I hope this comforts you at this sad time.

  • JC and I were in the Seabee’s together always enjoyed working with him on Projects. Condolences to all the family. I hope everything will be “just Cheerry” in his hereafter !!!

    Mike Bauer

  • Jamie ,Kelly, and family. I really don’t know what to say or how to feel at this point. I am so sorry for your loss . My love for him can not be put into words. He was one of a kind. My Prayers are with you. Thank you, Judy for calling me . God Bless !

  • Rick and Judy,
    Sorry to hear of your brothers passing. I have fond memories of your family as being neighbors. Prayers to you and rest of the Campbell family.

  • Jamie, Kelly, and the family,

    I am so sorry for your, for our, loss. JC had such a wonderful smile and was always so kind whenever I had the pleasure of being with him. He had such a great attitude towards life and I know he will be missed by all. You are all in my prayers.

    God bless,

    Jeff

  • Kelly, Jamie and Families,
    As I watched the wonderful tribute video of your Dad today, I realized I had a smile on my face. Even after he has left this world he continues to bring a smile to our faces because he truly was a fun, loving and compassionate human being. I have many good memories of your Mom and Dad along with my parents as we grew up on Jamestown. May God bless you all at this difficult time. I pray the smile he brought to so many soon returns to your hearts.

    With fond memories,
    Belinda and Stu Pressey

  • Dear Kelly, Jamie, Barb and Family
    Fond memories flooded back after seeing all of you. JC was a good man and will be missed by many. May God wrap his loving arms around you and fill you with memories.

    With thoughts and prayers,

    Lorraine Schiff