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David Samuel Campbell

February 9, 1939 — December 3, 2020



David Samuel Campbell

A Lifetime of Service -

David Samuel Campbell, age 81, of Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Sunbury, passed away at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital on Thursday, December 3, 2020.  David was born on Thursday, February 9, 1939, in Sunbury to the late Robert M. Campbell and Elizabeth (Snyder) Campbell.  In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his brother, Robert A. Campbell.

David’s survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Ruth (Taylor) Campbell; his three children: Elizabeth Roman and husband Stephen of Enola, PA, Laura Campbell of McLean, VA, Jonathan Campbell and wife Kinga, of Oslo, Norway; his five grandchildren: Lillian, Meredith, Lucas, Thomas, Alexander; his sister, Janet Hoover and husband Leonard of Binghamton, NY; his sister-in-law, Mildred Campbell of Northumberland, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

David graduated from Sunbury High School, class of 1957, and attended Susquehanna University.  He began working in his family’s business, Campbell Brothers’ Paper Company, where he worked for 35 years. In 1992, David opened Heirloom Touch Custom Framing, developing his passion for woodworking into a second career.

David devoted his life to service in numerous organizations.  He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, where he served as clerk of session for many years.  David was a longtime member of the Sunbury Kiwanis.  He was a member and past master of Maclay Lodge in Sunbury.  David joined the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Caldwell Consistory of Bloomsburg in 1973, and in 1990, received an honorary 33rd degree.  He was a lifelong member of the Friendship Hose Fire Company of Sunbury and former member of the Sunbury City Band.  David served as treasurer and a 25-gallon blood donor for the Sunbury Chapter of the American Red Cross.

When he took time from work and service, David restored a 1929 Model “A” Ford Roadster, and in addition to creating wood clocks and furniture, David handcrafted a number of string instruments.  David’s family will miss his kind servant’s heart.

David’s immediate services will be private while family and friends are encouraged to remain safely at home.  A celebration of his life with a public gathering will be announced, once scheduled.  Cremation was private.

To honor his devotion to service, contributions in celebration of David’s life can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

David’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read David’s full obituary, view his memorial photo, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting

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