John T. Kelly, 55
KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Packaging veteran John T. Kelly, 55, died March 19 at his Kalamazoo home.
He headed his own firm, Kelly Consulting Group LLC in Kalamazoo. He had served with the Society of Plastics Engineers on the thermoforming board and the Sections Committee and worked at many packaging firms such as Plastofilm Industries Inc., Hopple Plastics Inc., Ultra Pac Inc., Berkley Industries LLC, Rock-Tenn Co. and Fabri-Kal Corp.
L. Claire Campbell
BEREA, OHIO - Lawrence Claire Campbell, 77, former chairman and chief executive officer of Jaco Manufacturing Co. in Berea, died April 20.
Born in Detroit, Campbell began his career in Buffalo N.Y., working for Ford Motor Co. He joined Jaco in 1957 as a tool and die maker. He worked his way up to plant manager and vice president. In 1979, Campbell and another employee purchased the injection molding firm. Three years later he bought the company from his partner.
Campbell retired as CEO in 1997 and turned the business over to his children. He lived in Strongsville, Ohio, and Naples, Fla., and is survived by his wife, Laura, and seven children.