Allan Neal Campbell, 72, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
The son of the late Ralph Campbell and the late Grace Lorig Campbell, he was born May 10, 1947, in Pittsburgh.
Allan was a graduate of Indiana High School. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and did extensive graduate studies at Northern Theological Seminary in Oak Brook, Ill. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary in Saint Davids.
For 47 years, Allan was pastor of the Glen Campbell Baptist Church, in Glen Campbell. While serving at Glen Campbell as pastor, he was asked by the small congregation at Pine Flats Baptist Church to also provide them ministry, and for more than 10 years offered an 8 a.m. worship service there. Allan also held many volunteer leadership positions within the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware and managed the investments for the denomination’s region.
For many of his years in the ministry, Allan was bi-vocational and worked in other positions that served the community. Until 1977, he taught special education at Marion Center, then became the executive director of the Pennsylvania Highlands Chapter of the American Heart Association. He later served from 1984 to 1995 as a senior executive at Lee Hospital, Johnstown, and hosted the television show “Health Lee Living.”
Allan also served the community through volunteer work and involvement in politics. This service included many years on the Indiana Free Library board, helping to start the Indiana Endowment and representing the community at two Republican national conventions.
Allan had wide interests, many of them focusing on the beauty of life. Every year working in his flower garden brought him great joy. As a lover of the arts, he served on the board of the Johnstown Symphony, served as the vice chairman of the board of Penn State University public TV and radio, and was the founder of the Indiana Symphony Society. The building and maintenance of the Glen Campbell church pipe organ was a multi-year project that was a labor of love. Until his death, he served as the chaplain of the Indiana Organ Guild.
Allan will be sadly missed by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy; daughter Oressa Campbell-Miller and husband Kevin; daughter Alexandra Frick and husband Byron; and daughter Alicia Bitler and husband David. He was a much loved Pop-Pop to five little grandchildren, Maddison Miller, William Bitler, Campbell Frick, Amelia Frick and Abigail Frick; and a grandfather and close friend to his two step-grandsons, Christopher Miller (fiancee Kim) and Bryan Miller (wife Felicia). Allan also is survived by two brothers, Glenn Campbell (wife Kyle), of Indiana, and Donald Campbell (wife Gayle), of West Chester.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home, 965 Philadelphia St., Indiana. Visitation will be held at Glen Campbell Baptist Church on Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of a funeral service by Dr. David Skinner. Interment will immediately follow at Forest Baptist Church Cemetery in Winburne, Clearfield County.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glen Campbell Baptist Church Music Program, P.O. Box 71, Glen Campbell, PA 15742, or Visiting Nurse Association, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.rbfh.net.