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Walter Kampfe, 92 - December 22, 2015

Walter “Walt” Raymond Kampfe, 92, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Gothenburg.
Services were conducted at the American Lutheran Church on Monday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m. Interment was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Kampfe was born Oct. 16, 1923, at Gothenburg, the third son of Oscar and Minnie (Aden) Kampfe.
He graduated from Gothenburg High with the Class of 1942 and entered the Army Air Force in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Kampfe attended Hastings college for two years and graduated from the University of Denver. He returned to Gothenburg and entered the partnership of Kampfe and Tollefson. He remained in the partnership for 25 years and was sole owner for an additional five years.
He married Rose Marie Hiles in 1950. To this union, four children were born.
Kampfe opened the Fabric Fair business in Cozad, and sold that business in 1974 to concentrate on the full ownership of the Gothenburg Store. A short time later, he entered real estate sales.
He was a Chamber of Commerce member for 46 years, an American Legion member for over 50 years and a life-long member of the St. John and American Lutheran Church, serving on a number of committees as well as singing in the choir.
?Kampfe enjoyed his motorcycles, going swimming, fishing and buying and fixing up houses for resale, according to family members. He was considered legally blind for the past 15 years.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Oscar and Minnie; two brothers—Paul and Robert; a son-in-law, Don Stratton.
Survivors include: his wife, Rose Marie Kampfe of Gothenburg; his four children—Katholeen Kampfe of Duedin FL, Lynda Stratton of Grants Pass, OR, Matthew (Mary) Kampfe of Kearney and Jamie (Colomba) Kampfe of Blairstown, NJ; 10 grandchildren—Jama, Carla, Austin, Hunter, Aysha, Andy, Karson, Josef, Arianne Rose and Harrison; six great-grandchildren—Caden, Mavin Marie, Jamason Jay, Aubrey Savannah, Robbie and Camille.
Memorials are suggested to the American Legion and the American Lutheran Church.