New Mexico's

"Home on the Range"


Benjamin Campbell

1922 - 2011

BENJAMIN “BEN” CAMPBELL was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on February 21, 1922, to Jane Treasure Thomas and William Arthur Raybould. He was the youngest of 4 children, William, Harry,Elizabeth and Ben.Ben graduated from Pottsville High School in 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was part of the commissioning crew of the aircraft carrier USS Essex, and honorably served in the South Pacific as an Aviation Mechanic/Second Class CC, and also served as an aircraft gunner. In1949, Ben moved to New Mexico and worked for the Mountain States Telephone Company for 35 years.Beginning his employment as a lineman, he ultimately found his niche in the marketing department for commercial and government contracts.Ben met his future wife, Edith (Ede) Davenport, while singing in the choir at Central United Methodist Church, and they were married on August 5, 1951, at the same church. Ben and Ede shared over 60 wonderful years together and were blessed with four children and six grandchildren.Admired for his beautiful tenor voice, Ben was asked numerous times to sing at weddings and funerals,and he frequently soloed at both Trinity UMC and St. John’s UMC. During the Christmas season, his family especially holds dear the memory of his singing of “Oh Holy Night!” at Christmas Eve services.Although Ben loved blessing the Lord and others with his musical giftings, following his retirement he found extraordinary fulfillment in service to others. He was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels.While his clients were appreciative of warm meals, they were more appreciative of his endearing laugh,warm conversation and untiring kindness. Ben also gave of his time and energy to install Life Lines for Presbyterian Hospital and volunteer at the Pioneer Telephone Company Museum.Before his health declined, he was an active member of the Men’s Group at St. John’s. Ben was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Those who knew him cherished him and will forever hold his memory and noble example of generous living close to their hearts.Ben is survived by his beloved wife, Ede; his children, David and Linda Raybould and their daughters, Megan and Kathryn, Mark Raybould, Boband Heidi Raybould and their daughters, Kelsey and Kendra, and Mark and Lisa Dalton and their children, Mallory and Benjamin. He is also survived by his older sister, Elizabeth, as well as several nephews and nieces, all in Pennsylvania.Services were held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona St. NE, Albuquerque, on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.Private interment took place at Solano Cemetery in Solano, New Mexico. Anyone wishing to make a gift in Ben’s name is free to choose a charity that is special to the donor. Please visit our online guestbook for Ben at FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400