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James Reid Campbell

August 25, 1927 — December 21, 2023

James "Jim" Reid Campbell, Jr., aged 96, of Carmel, Indiana, and formerly of South Bend,  Indiana, passed away December 21, 2023 after a brief illness. Jim was born in Scotland on August 25, 1927. He was the only child of James Reid, Sr, and Magdalene (Murray) Campbell.  He was raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier where he met and married his wife of 59 years, Margaret "Marge" Ecale.

After his term of service in the US Army,  he continued his studies and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Jim and Marge moved to South Bend in the mid-50s, where they raised their family and lived, until moving to Carmel in 1998.

Jim was a well-known regional salesman of 3M products for more than 30 years. He enjoyed a love of flying as a private pilot and spent many years as a flight instructor at the South Bend Regional Airport. He served as president of the “Wings” flying club. He taught countless students how to fly. His sense of humor, big smile, generosity, and easy laugh will be missed by many.

He is survived by his four daughters, Kathryn "Kay" Chase (John), Nancy "Nan" Waltz (Bob),  Susan "Sue" Milligan (Gary), and Laura Betzinger (Mark Rutherford); nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Denise Mason.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (2009) and his parents.

Jim will be remembered privately by his family. No memorial services are planned.

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