Gerald J. Campbell, 83, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, at his home in Tellico Village.
Born a farmer in Centerline, Mich., and one of eight children, Jerry ran away with his older brother at age 17 to enlist in the Army and seek a life of adventure. Returning home after spending three years stationed in Germany, he enrolled in college, to pursue a degree in accounting. After graduating, he began his career working for the IRS.
Five years later, he met his future wife, while working NCR in Detroit. They started building their family together while Jerry began what would become his lifelong career as controller for Harrison Piping Supply.
He and his wife, Christine, retired to Tellico Village in 1998. A member of the Lions Club, and an avid golfer, he also had a love for tennis, hiking, skiing and walking his dog, Katie.
He is preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine; three children, Jenny (Victor) Ibarluzea and Pam (Michael) Shavalier and Michael (Ruth); four grandchildren, Nicholas, Christine, Severen and Nathanial Ibarluzea; brother, Tony; and sister, Sharon Betts.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Community Church at Tellico Village. The family received friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Community Church at Tellico Village.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations is serving the family of Gerald Campbell. www.clickfuneralhome.com