James J. Campion was born in March, 1931, in Schuylkill County, Pa., to Thomas and Molly (Callaghan) Campion, the youngest of eight siblings. He graduated from Cass Township High School in Pottsville, was drafted by the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War during 1952 to 54. His military decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation, U.S. National Defense and Korea Service medals, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Army Good Conduct Medal. Known lifelong for his sardonic sense of humor, he often said of the Korean War, ‘All in all, it was perhaps better than having to become a coal miner.’
After his honorable discharge, by way of the GI Bill, he was able to attend La Salle College in Philadelphia, and graduated in 1958, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Thereafter he worked mostly in sales positions at national and regional companies in pharmaceuticals, electronics, insurance, and real estate. He was a licensed broker in both insurance and real estate.
He lived most of his years in Philadelphia, Morristown, and Newton. He spent his last years at the VA Community Living Center in Wilkes-Barre, where he was an enthusiastic karaoke singer, Notre Dame football fan, and restaurant diner.
He was the loving father of James P. (Colleen), Thomas A., Judith Devlin (Michael) and Megan A. Boswell (Edward) from his wife of 30 years, Evelyn Wahner Campion. He was blessed to have eight grandchildren (in age order), Brian, Noelle, Michael, Natalie, Alexander, Paris, Miles, and Paige; and two great grandchildren, Kayla and Thomas.
Family and friends are invited to his viewing from 9 until 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at 9:30 a.m. sharp Friday, at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DAV.org.