Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 03, 2007
OBITUARY - REV. WARD BEECHER CAMPBELL
Rev. Ward Beecher CAMPBELL was born August 5, 1909 to John Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (KAUBLE) CAMPBELL of
Athelstan, IA. He went to be with his Lord on April 26, 2007.
Ward attended country school in Athelstan. He married Carmen BARNES on September 29, 1931. They resided in Athelstan
where they went into the restaurant business. When the Great Depression hit, they moved to a farm. In 1942, they
moved to Corning, IA and Ward worked as a blacksmith for Carmenís uncle, Bill MASKER. He then answered his calling
to preach the Gospel and began to pastor in Nodaway, IA and Carbon, IA until 1946. He was then appointed to serve at
the Free Methodist Church in LeMars, IA where he was ordained in 1951. He served there until 1954 when he was called
to pastor at the Free Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, IA. He served there faithfully for 20 years until his retirement
in 1974. Shortly after his retirement, Pastor CAMPBELL was diagnosed with cancer in multiple organs and given 6
weeks to live. God had other plans for him and healed him of cancer. Pastor CAMPBELL then returned to the ministry
for another 30 years.
He married Elizabeth GERMAN on January 1, 1996 and she assisted him with his ministry until
he turned 95 in 2004. He then went into his second retirement where he and Elizabeth enjoyed visiting with family
and church friends. Ward had the gift of music, playing the harmonica, piano, organ, accordion, guitar and banjo.
His talent came naturally as he never had any music lessons.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Elizabeth of Mount Ayr; his sons, Cleo (Marilyn) of Viborg, SD, Doyle
(Roberta) of Mount Ayr and Phillip (Kathy) of Douds, IA; his daughters, Miriam CLUTTER of Mount Ayr, and Yvonne
(Franklin) KINCADE of Creston, IA; two step-children, J.D. (Phyllis) German of Decatur, IL and Jackie (Scott)
CUNDIFF of Alvin, TX; one sister, Nina POORE of Bedford, IA; two brothers, Paul (Marie) of Blockton, IA and Ola
(Grace) of Rapid City, SD; 20 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren and four
step-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding his in death were his parents; his wife of 63 years, Carmen; six siblings, Warren, Elvin, Noble, Zola,
Chloe, and Lela and three grandchildren, Robert, Brandon and Austin.
Services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at the Free Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, with Rev. Charles
WEIMAN officiating. Musicians were Linda HUNTSMAN and Rev. Phillip CAMPBELL.
Casketbearers were Gary CAMPBELL,
Doug CAMPBELL, Curt CAMPBELL, Sanford CLUTTER, Sherwin CLUTTER, Mark SCHALPIA, Ken CAMPBELL and Brian CAMPBELL.
Honorary pallbearers were Burl STULL, Eldon DILLENBURG, John MAY, Byrle POUSH, Bob POUSH and Garold WILLEY. Wilson-Watson
& Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Rev. CAMPBELL was laid at rest in the Athelstan Cemetery in
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