Elver “Al” Howard Campbell, of Mora, died on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 89 years, 7 months, and 24 days old.
He was born on Jan. 29, 1930, to J. Will and Mamie (Webb) Campbell in Silver Creek Township. He dropped out of school in the seventh grade to work on the family farm. He enlisted in the United States Army on March 16, 1951, and loved being able to serve his country. He was honorably discharged on March 23, 1953, as a corporal.
He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Shirley Westergaard, on July 3, 1954. He was 24 and she was 17 when they wed, after meeting at a roller-skating rink that they both loved very much. They were blessed with 65 wonderful years of marriage. They lived in Spring Lake Park for six years and then moved to the Day area where they bought a small farm. They lived in Day until 2004, when they moved to a farm outside of Mora. They spent the next 15 years there before making the final move into the town of Mora.
He worked as a cheesemaker from 1946-1949, then he was a pattern maker, machinist and farmer throughout his life. He loved farming, camping, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. He always told his neighbors that “If I don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Neighbors always brought their broken things to him to be fixed and he loved to help them out. If he needed anything fixed he would call on his family for help. During his farming years, he did square bales until all the kids were out of school and then switched to easier big round bales. He always had the square bales stacked so high on the hayrack that they almost touched the telephone wires over the driveway and loved to laugh about it. He had about 15 milking cows and loved them all. He would always name the cows after family members which his kids were always proud of. He sold the cows when the work became too hard. When Sherry was the only child left at home, she would run the levers for the wood-splitter, but in later years the roles were reversed. He always loved spending time with family, especially time spent with his grandchildren. Whenever they would come over, he would instantly wake up with a radiant smile on his face.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlen; sister, Shirley Langanki; daughter, Mary Sandberg; other relatives and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Mora; son, Chris (Kris) of Braham; daughter, Sherry of Braham; former son-in-law, John Rodenborg; grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa), Mindy, Carrie, Kyler and Crystal; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Riley, Hunter and Liam; step-grandchildren, Jocelyn Irwin, Ashley Sutton, Stephanie Collison and Brenda Rodenborg; step-great-grandchildren, Grace, Jackson, Winston, Cruz, Felicity, Thor, Coby and Ashley; many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at the Siloa Lutheran church in rural Braham with Pastor Mary Fiel officiating. Music will be provided by Scott Nelson. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Braham VFW Post 1731. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in Hasty, Minnesota. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences many be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.