Harry Roland "Jake" Campbell

August 6, 1936May 19, 2013

Harry Roland “Jake” Campbell, 76, prominent Union County auctioneer and resident of West College Corner, died Sunday evening, May 19, 2013, at Reid Hospital, Richmond where he had been admitted for surgery.

A Union County native, “Jake” was born August 6, 1936 to Harry J. and Tressa Younce Campbell. In 1954, he graduated from Union High School in College Corner where he was the class president. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. On November 28, 1959, he was married to the former Edna W. Watterson at the College Corner United Methodist Church. “Jake” graduated from the Missouri Auction School in 1961 and was a licensed auctioneer for 52 years. He also was a licensed Indiana Real Estate Appraiser and Broker. “Jake” began his career working for Harold Reisert Auction Service liquidating auto dealerships across the country. He established the Campbell Auction Business in Liberty and became the Campbell Auction Team in 1984 with the addition of his son, Mike. He was a member of the Indiana and Ohio Auctioneer Association, past president and past director of the Indiana Auctioneer Association and was past president of the Indiana Auctioneer Commission. “Jake” was a member of the Indiana Auctioneer Hall of Fame.

“Jake” loved volunteering his time and service. He served on the Board of Directors of the Farmers’ State and First Financial Banks. For over 50 years, he volunteered at the Union County 4-H Livestock Auction, Ducks Unlimited for over 30 years and was a volunteer with the College Corner Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the American Legion. “Jake” was a member and past master of the Liberty Lodge #58, F.& A.M. and a member of Murat Shrine, Indianapolis.

“Jake” never met a stranger and liked to golf and play cards. He most enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. “Jake” was known for his many quotes, including the Jake Campbell Guarantee, “when you hit the street and it breaks into two pieces, you own both pieces.”

“Jake” is survived by his wife of over 53 years; three children and their spouses: Michael W Campbell and his wife, Cheryl of Eaton, Ohio; Deborah D. Richardson and Eric of West College Corner; Rhonda R. Soper and Steve of Liberty; his grandchildren: Danielle and Trey Campbell, Chalonda, Delanna, Erica and Travis Richardson, Tyler and Amber Soper; a great-granddaughter: Chloe Hoog; sister-in-law: JoAnn Kolb and her husband, Donn of Eaton, Ohio; brother-in-law: Jimmy Watterson of Liberty; cousins and many friends.

In addition to his parents, “Jake” was preceded in death by his son: H. Roland Campbell who died in 2009 and his brother: John O. Campbell.

Funeral services for “Jake” will be conducted at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Dana Hadden of the Hanna's Creek Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Franklin Cemetery in Franklin County with military honors by the American Legion Post #122 and VFW Post #1472, both of Liberty. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday where memorial masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Lodge #58, F.& A.M., St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, or charity of the donors’ choice. For additional information or to send condolences or memories go to



  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 25, 2013


  • Interment

Harry Roland "Jake" Campbell

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Kevin Kuhn

June 13, 2013

A great man ... Will be missed.

Joe Webster

June 7, 2013

Very sad news. Jake was a good man and I enjoyed working with him. I wish you and your family the very best during this difficult time.

Robin Capps-Witt

May 29, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories of being at Jake's auctions with Dad.

Steve Brier

May 29, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss. Jake added a lot to the community and will be missed.

Judy Showalter

May 29, 2013

John loved Jake....golfing with him, having coffee at the Liberty Restaurant...just valued him as a
friend the 12 years we lived in Liberty. I feel they are reunited again now, reminiscing about the good times together.

May 25, 2013

Very sorry to hear about Jake!! I always enjoyed my traffic stops with Jake...I would walk up and he would say "what do you want" ..haha...truly enjoyed Jake Campbell!!! ...we would just talk and then he would leave! I hope heaven is ready for Jake, if not here is the warning!!
Alvin and Stacey Day (Liberty,In)

Ken Frecker

May 25, 2013

Auction world sells a gem to heaven. You will be missed among us.
Ken Frecker Auctioneers Inc - New Haven, Indiana

May 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to Jakes family at this time or sorrow. Gonna miss him coming into the Capitol Dry Cleaners, he was just in couple weeks ago, and would always say as soon as he walked in (what cha know girlie). Prayers being sent your way. Your friend from capitol, Brenda Marcum

Troy and Edna Cantrell

May 24, 2013

I enjoyed the time I spent with Jake each week while working for the newspaper. He was always good to me and Edna and we will both miss him dearly. I am honored I got to spend time with him and that he was my friend. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Ann Kottyan

May 24, 2013

My love goes to the Jake Campbell family. I bet he and my husband Jim Kottyan are together right this minute conducting the Auction of their life here on earth. I am so sorry for your loss. Ann Kottyan