Gary F. Campbell, 76, of Akron passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 22, 2020. A life resident of the area he was born on August 14, 1944 to the late Edward and Margaret (nee Troy) Campbell.
He was a graduate of Kenmore High School, a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the South Akron Orioles #167. He enjoyed hunting and riding motorcycles. He also enjoyed racing stock cars in the eighties at the Barberton Speedway.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Campbell and beloved wife, Judy. He leaves to cherish his memory son, Jacob (Michele); daughters, Regina, Shannon and Billi Campbell; brother, Donnie (Julie); sisters, Carol (Don) Worlow, Kathy (Denny) Board; grandchildren, Gary, Jade, Ember and Noah; great grandson, Wyatt and longtime friend and companion, Barb.
A story Gary wanted to share with everyone. Early sixties I bought my first bike off of Roy Butcher for four hundred dollars. It was a 1949 Pam Head tank shift foot clutch. I damn near died learning how to rid it like three times. Sold it to Skinny Brown and bought a fifty six Pam Head off Don Beam, my foreman at Ohio Machine. Choppers were a big thing at that time. The fifty six Head was smoking. Took the motor to Cherry St in Canton for a rebuild top end. I had the fifty six stretched out 7 foot out and up. Back to Roy who did most of the work, out of a little wooded garage with dirt floor and few tools. Roy was a genius! Made my own front end at work. Sold that to Bill Friend and bought a seventy eight and half low rider off of Lance Haag. He needed money to lawyer up. Traded that in at Massalon for an eight eight classic. My most ridden bike I put sixty six thousand miles on. Sold it and I bought a ninety nine Ultra Classic. My last ride. So, if you get em, ride em...I hope it rains.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020 at the Schlup Pucak Funeral Home, 788 Kenmore Blvd Akron. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place and private family burial will be held at a later time.
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