Ray A. Campbell Jr.

MILLINOCKET - Ray A. Campbell Jr., died suddenly Friday, June 14, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Millinocket, son of Nora (Vance) and Ray Campbell.

Ray was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1955 and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1959. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and then began his career with the U. S. Merchant Marine for 30 years, attaining the rank of chief engineer for most of those years. He was as member and vice president of Millinocket Baptist Church, a very active member of Fin and Feather Club, a 32nd degree Mason belonging to Nollesemic Lodge No. 205 AF & AM,Millinocket, a member of Mount Katahdin Royal Arch Chapter No. 49, DGHP of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine, a member of provost guard of Anah Temple Shrine, a member of Northern Penobscot Shrine Club, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving is his loving family, including his wife of 43 years, Marion; son, David and wife, Tiswin; his "pal" and only grandchild, Ava; sister and brother-in-law, Polly and Roger Boynton; sister and brother-in-law, Maryann and Carl Brown; and eleven nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Ken Tansey, who was like a brother to him. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by brother, Eugene; sisters, Connie Milligan and Bertha Prescott; and brother-in-law, Andy Wilkie.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Millinocket Baptist Church. Friends are welcome to greet the family 10 a.m. until the time of the service. That afternoon there will be military honors 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Millinocket. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Nollesemic Lodge No. 205, 121 Forest Ave., Millinocket, ME 04462 or Millinocket Fin and Feather Club, P.O. Box 123, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.

Published in BDN Maine on June 18, 2013