Reese E. Campbell, 94, of Warren, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, October 25, 2012, at Warren General Hospital.
He was born August 27, 1918 in Live Oak, Florida, the second of three sons of Thomas and Elsie Martin Campbell. After much relocation in his early years, Reese and his family moved to Warren, where he resided nearly all of his life. He graduated from Warren High School in 1937 and attended Penn State University. Reese was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a Technical Sergeant at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he worked with some of the world's first computer systems.
A civilian member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Reese served as Construction Engineering Technician at the Kinzua Dam, where he was responsible for coordinating construction activities and materials, and implementing change orders. Other professional assignments included the Woodcock Dam near Cambridge Springs and several other regional flood control projects.
After taking early retirement from the Corps in 1971, he was recruited by a private contractor to design and supervise construction of the Kinzua Visitors Center below the dam a project which, like the dam itself, he found particularly gratifying. He later enjoyed working for several years in the accounting department of National Fuel Gas.
During his long retirement, Reese enjoyed playing golf, attending local sporting events, relaxing on the front porch with friends, and visiting family. He maintained an avid interest in politics via CSPAN and MSNBC, and in sports of all kinds, reserving his most fervent support for the professional teams of Pittsburgh and his beloved Nittany Lions. He also kept his mind sharp by completing books upon books of NY Times Sunday crossword puzzles.
In 1952 he married the love of his life, Mary Konestoba Campbell of Sheffield, a gifted musician, vibrant community leader, and highly respected registered nurse, whose untimely death in 1968 remained a constant sorrow throughout the rest of his days.
He was also preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers Thomas and Walter, sisterinlaw Mary Jane Weaver Campbell, and nephew Edward Nelson. In Mary's family, he was preceded by motherinlaw Mary and stepfatherinlaw Rudolph Samuelson, sisterinlaw Rose Konestoba Bonavita, brotherinlaw Samuel Bonavita, niece Mary Jo Bonavita Georgeadis, and nephew Thomas Bonavita.
He is survived by his son, Reese Jr., to whom he was the most supportive father a boy could imagine, and his loving nieces and nephews, Mary Ann Campbell Nelson, John Campbell and their children and families, and nephews Bruce Campbell, John and James Bonavita, and their families.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Lee Denlinger for his excellent medical care, compassion, and friendship; the people of Warren General Hospital and Hospice for their care and kindness; clergy, the Rev. Ellie JohnsKelley, Dennis Johnson and Marcus Briggs for their spiritual support; and George Broadbent, and Bud and Linda Ristau, for being such helpful and loving neighbors throughout the years.
There will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Private burial will be at Oakland Cemetery by the Peterson Blick Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Warren, Hospice of Warren County, Warren Public Library, or a charity of choice. Condolences to the family may be left at www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com.