Leon Woodrow Lampman
Leon Woodrow Lampman
The angels swept Daddy up from his beautiful North Carolina mountain home on February 2nd while surrounded in love. Leon was born in Red Wing, Minnesota on November 20th, 1927 to Marvin and Nellie (Thompson) Lampman. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he participated in Operation Crossroads, the atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll.
After being discharged he returned to Red Wing and started work on the railroad. It was there one day that he spotted little Junie Wiebusch delivering lunch to her father. Leon said that she was the cutest girl he ever laid eyes on. They were married November 25th, 1948 and enjoyed a love filled, fun filled life together for 64 years. They are now reunited and doing a fancy two step around a heavenly dance floor.
Leon worked at Red Wing Shoe Company for 42 years to support his family. He is survived by Renee (Ken) Voorhees, Slater (Edith), Lani (Bruce) Engelstad, and Kurt (Angie) Lampman. He is also survived by sister Karen Dahlstrom of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife June and his sister Joyce Simanski.
Both Mom and Dad worked incredibly hard to give us a good life. They passed on a strong work ethic that at times we refer to as the Lampman curse! Dad had a kind, caring soul and he loved unconditionally and passed that love on to many. Leon had many interests in life. He coached little league baseball through the Y.M.C.A., he hunted arrowheads, enjoyed crossword puzzles, hearts, and Wheel of Fortune. He was also a life-long golfer sporting two holes-in-one. He was a loyal Minnesota Twins fan and had the good fortune of meeting and developing a friendship with Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven. He was also known within the family for his poems and limericks. He looked forward to spending a couple of weeks every summer at Bone Lake in Luck, Wisconsin and seeing his friends at Kask's Tavern in Diamond Bluff. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Per his wishes there will be no service or visitation. There will be a small family gathering later this summer and a grave side service at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. We ask everyone to remember him fondly in your own way. Yancey Funeral Services in Burnsville, North Carolina are handling arrangements.