Francis Ross Campion

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, May 28, 1923
Date of Death:
Friday, January 3, 2020
Age:
96 years old

Visitation

Date: Monday January 06, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Tuesday January 07, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Tuesday January 07, 2020
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Chatfield, MN) [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, May 28, 1923
Date of Death:
Friday, January 3, 2020
Age:
96 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, May 28, 1923
Date of Death:
Friday, January 3, 2020
Age:
96 years old

Francis Ross Campion

Francis “Ross” Campion of Eyota, MN, passed away at the age of 96 on his farm, surrounded by his family on Friday, January 3, 2020.

We lovingly remember Ross as a kind, gentle man with a solid faith. He had a great love for his family, his farm, his friends, cookies, the Green Bay Packers, and all animals. His quick wit could be measured by none.

Ross was born May 28, 1923 at St Marys Hospital in Rochester, to Clara and Leo Campion, and had one brother, Jim. He attended country school a quarter of a mile from the farm until the eighth grade. He then completed secondary education in Rochester in 1940. He graduated from Rochester Community College in 1942 with a degree in accounting. He was united in marriage to Margaret “Peg” Regan September 15, 1956 in Rochester.

He was an avid athlete, dubbed the “Great Lefty.” He played baseball, golf, softball, bowled in two leagues a week, and held the high bowling score in Chatfield for over thirty years until his nephew, Richie Allen, broke it. He always took time out on the farm to shoot some hoops in the annex or toss the ball around with the nephews, cousins, and neighbor kids. He was especially proud that at age 86 he put 1,000 miles on his bike that he loved to ride up and down the road.

Ross’ love and pride for his family and farm was unmeasurable. He was a fourth-generation farmer, with his brother, of the Campion land that remains in the family after 150 years. From the coldest winters to the heat of summers, you would hear no complaints as he ground feed, watered the hogs, and plowed the fields, carrying a tune all the way. He always had good advice and a concoction of humor he could pull out of nowhere that would leave him laughing at himself.

He was a charter member and trustee of Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim (Helen) Campion; grandson, Cal Ross Fitch; and nephew, Fran.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Peg Campion of Eyota; children: Sue (Steve) Carlson of Rochester, Dan (Kim) Campion of Rochester, and Jane Campion (Fitch) (James Heitmeyer) of Eyota; grandchildren: Claire Campion of Fargo, ND, and Noah Fitch of Eyota, and Lauren (Carlson) Frickle; nieces and nephews: Colleen (Ronnie) Allen of Chatfield, Linda (Steve) Sikkink of Rochester, and Mike (Vicky) Campion of Eyota; cousins: Jane and Mary Campion of Rochester, and Betty Campion of Lake City.

The family would like to thank Dr. Henry Schultz of Mayo Clinic for his 30 plus years of care. They are especially grateful to Mayo Clinic Hospice for their compassionate care and support so that Ross was able to stay home on the farm that he loved.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 11:00AM, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester with Rev. Shawn Haremza officiating. Visitation will be Monday, January 6 from 5 – 8 PM in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at the Chatfield Cemetery.

Condolences

The family of Francis Ross Campion has received the following condolences.

Jane and family,


Thoughts and prayers are with you all! Know he will always be will you


JoAnn Eidem

Sue- Dan and I sent our heart felt prayers. Thinking of you and your family. Dan and Kathy

Jane and Family,  You have  my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father.  I often think about you and wonder how you and your mother are.  Please accept my deepest prayers for all of you.


 


Linda Sample

So sorry for your loss.  Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and family.


All of my memories of Ross make me smile. I remember the first time he came to the house on Halloween dressed as a white rabbit. None of us could stop laughing. Ross was a life long friend to Dad.  It was always fun to have him join us for coffee and home made sweet rolls.


 We will miss him. 
Cindy