John Eshbach

Campbell, Jr.

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John Eshbach Campbell, Jr.

Mar 01 1941 - Dec 24 2007

John Eshbach Campbell, Jr., 66, died December 24, 2007, in McKinney, Texas after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. John was born to John and Stella Campbell in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1941. Services for John will be held at 10:00 a.m., December 27, 2007, at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in McKinney. Burial will be at Ridgeview West Memorial Park, Frisco, Texas. Visitation will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas beginning at 6:00 p.m. on December 26th. The family would like to invite all for the recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. In 1963, (after graduating from Elizabethtown College), he moved to New York City, the first of many moves in his lifetime. John spent his 45 year career working in the travel industry. His initial job was with Pan American World Airways. After 17 years with Pan Am, he joined American Airlines to help establish their international program. In 1992, John joined Reno Air as Vice President, Marketing and Sales. John later served as Sales Manager, Texas, for National Airlines. This position may have brought him the greatest satisfaction, as it entailed sales calls to leading travel agents to introduce National Airlines to them and to encourage their business. As anyone who ever met John knows, sales was his middle name, and he loved the one-on-one contact this job entailed. We have many people to thank including: Fr. Gregory Kelly of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, who has been at John’s side through each crisis; John’s sister-in-law, Barbara McSherry, who has flown to Texas each and every time a crisis arose (which was frequent); Charles Loehr, MD, who has been John’s primary care physician for 25 years; and the loving caregivers at Autumn Leaves of McKinney where John has resided for the last 18 months. We very much appreciate all our neighbors and friends who have assisted each of us as we made this journey. Alzheimer’s is commonly called the "long goodbye" and we will all attest to that. John made this goodbye with great courage and his famous sense of humor. John is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen; his children, son Mark Campbell and wife, Donna; daughter, Jill Northington, and husband Bryan; and grandchildren, John Thomas and Mathew Davis Campbell, and Amanda Marie and Rachel Lynn Northington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in John’s name to the building fund at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, McKinney; the Alzheimer’s Association (; or the Salvation Army.
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