Longtime Playa del Rey resident Charles Campbell has died. He was 85.

Campbell, who was born in Highland Park on Sept. 30, 1924 lived in Playa del Rey for 36 years.

He entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 19 and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering from USC before going to work in the aerospace industry. He worked in various positions at Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman before joining Hughes Aircraft, where he worked until he retired in 1987.

Campbell was an avid hiker, water skier, snow skier, bicyclist, and a longtime member of the Sierra Club. He particularly loved hiking to Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite Valley, walking along the beach in Playa del Rey, and bicycling with his wife, Celi.

Campbell also had a pilot’s license and owned a small plane, which he loved to fly.

Campbell became a widower in the early 1970s and has one son from his previous marriage. He met his wife Celi at The Tennis Court Club in 1977 and they married in 1980.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Celi, of Playa del Rey; his son, Douglas Campbell, of Van Nuys; and one granddaughter, Carol Smith, of Rolla, Mo.

A private memorial service was planned.

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