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Ronald Kampfe, 71 - November 03, 2016

Ronald Lavern Kampfe, 71, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Tucson.
Memorial services took place at the Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery on Nov. 11 at Tucson. A private gathering was conducted at a neighbor’s Tucson home.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for the spring at Tucson, along with a small family event to take place in the early summer near Gothenburg.
Kampfe was born March 7, 1945, at Worthington, MN, to Evelyn (Eppy) and Robert (Bob) Kampfe.
He lived at Worthington, Potter, WI, during his childhood, and in Gothenburg. During his junior high and high school years, he participated in student government, choir and athletics. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1963.
Kampfe received his bachelor’s degree in English from Hastings College in 1968. While at Hastings College, he participated in a one-semester student exchange program at Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, NC.
On Aug. 25, 1968, he married Charlene Chipps of Loup City.
He attended one year of seminary at Wartburg College in Dubuque and received his M.A. in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona at Tucson.
During his adulthood, he resided at Dubuque, IA, Hastings, Lincoln, Chapel Hill, NC, Tucson and on a farm near Mason City.
Kampfe was employed as a grade school teacher, a corporate internal auditor, a college teacher and a program director/mentor for at-risk college students.
In his retirement, he worked at the Loup City Golf Course during Nebraska summers. He was a writer, whose poems, essays and stories can be found in various publication sources (i.e. New Mexico Magazine, Frank Waters, Foundation Publications) and the Arizona Highway.
?He also had a beautiful singing voice, according to family members, and played the violin. He enjoyed the association with many other writers and artists throughout his life.
?Kampfe loved domestic and wild creatures and often befriended and saved the lives of these beautiful beings, the family said.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Robert Kampfe; his mother, Evelyn Gray Kampfe; a brother-in-law, Kim Fry; his grandfathers and grandmothers—Oscar and Minnie Aden Kampfe and grandfather and grandmother Grey; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Royce and Vivian Chipps; uncles—Walt Kampfe and Paul Kampfe; an aunt, Hildegard Kampfe.
Survivors include: his wife, Charlene (Chipps) Kampfe of Tucson; his dog, Buddy; sisters—Barbara Fry of Sparks, NV, and Mary Arter of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Jim Arter of Lincoln; brother- and sister-in-law, Ed and Tamra Jonak of Loup City; nieces and nephews—Jason Fry, Matt Fry, Kimbra and Josh Hagerty, Alex and Aftyn Arter, Tylor and Erica Arter, Lindsey and Neil Sullivan, Christopher Jonak (his Godson), Megan Mejstrick; his aunt, Rose Kampfe.
Memorials are suggested to the Wildlife Rehabilitation of N.W. Tucson, P.O. Box 86045, Tucson, AZ, 85754; to SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) C/O Vanessa Romero. 310 E. Elm St., Tucson, AZ 85701; the Frank Waters Foundation, www.frankwaters.org, an organization that supports the work of writers of various genres; and the American Cancer Society at www.