Wayne Russell Campbell, son of Fred and Lettie (Strunk) Campbell, was born on July 27, 1927 in Douglas County, Missouri, and went to be with the Lord on October 10, 2010 from his home in Mountain Grove, Missouri after a long illness. He was 83 years, two months and 13 days of age.
He grew up on his parents’ farm in Douglas County, attending Norwood School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War time. He returned home and remained on the family farm until he married Carol Campbell-Messerer in 1972. They made their home in Texas and Wright counties for many years, and he later retired from Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in 2002.
Wayne attended Mountain Grove Full Gospel Church and loved the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior.
Wayne loved being outdoors and watching the weather, visiting with family, neighbors and friends, gardening, eating popcorn and watching baseball, and bluegrass music, among many other things.
For many years before he met Carol, Wayne was a school bus driver in Mountain Grove and drove the Panther sports teams of the 1960s and 1970s to away games in surrounding towns.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of the home; two daughters, Loretta Holden and husband Gary of Cabool and Tammy Sue Allsman and husband Kevin of Mtn. Grove; two sons, Tim Messerer and wife Kitty and Lane Messerer and wife Tammy, all of Mtn. Grove; six grandchildren, Selena, Tanya, Shawsha, Seath, Kahley and Ariel; three great-grandchildren, Sheridan, Shayla and Jaden; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Pastor Bob Miller officiating. Bob Miller sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “New Shoes.” The song selection “Go Rest High On That Mountain” was played. Pallbearers were Joe Wright, Lane Messerer, Tim Messerer, Seath Hern, C.J. Odneal and Ronnie Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Branson, Charles Williams, Jack Atchison and Milton Campbell. Full military honors were provided by American Legion Post 30 and the Lima Burial Detail Team with Jared Moore serving as bugler at the cemetery. Burial was in Union Chapel #2 Cemetery near Mountain Grove, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.