Richard Kampstra, 91, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
He was born March 9, 1926, at the family farm in the town of Randolph, Columbia County, to Jake and Gertrude (Regnerus) Kampstra. He attended the Rust one-room grade school in the town of Courtland. Richard’s first employment was working for a farmer, Rockwell in Randolph, Borden’s in Columbus and then Feils Bakery in Randolph.
Richard married Maxine Lytle on Aug. 5, 1950, at the Dalton Bible Church. He was called to serve his country during the Korean War in December 1951 and entered the U.S. Air Force. He attended the Air Police School at Camp Gordon, Georgia. He served in the 814th Air Police Squad. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Occupational Medal (Germany), attaining the rank of A/1C. He was then transferred to the Air Force Reserve until December 1959.
Richard later worked for the Fred Rueping Leather Company of Fond du Lac for 15 years and worked for the Columbia County Highway Department for 15 years until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Dalton Bible Church since 1950. As well as being a trustee and deacon, he spent many hours working at the church and parsonage remodeling and keeping it in good repair. Richard also remodeled his own home and built three garages. He enjoyed gardening and sharing the bounty of it with friends and neighbors.
Richard is survived by the four children that blessed his marriage, Rick (Laura) Kampstra of Melbourne, Florida, Sandra Sells (Larry Cone) of Paris, Texas, Dale Kampstra of Dalton and Susan (James) Hahn of Burkburnett, Texas; grandchildren, Michelle (Brent) Ratzlaff of Meno, Oklahoma, Michael (Michelle) Kampstra of San Antonio, Texas, Emilie (Lance) Owens of Idabel, Oklahoma and Jordan Kampstra of Melbourne, Florida; great-grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Sadie Ratzlaff, Kate and Maddie Kampstra, Abby Johnson, Autumn, Landon and Ashlyn Owens; and brothers, Kenneth and John Kampstra. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Susan Hahn; his brother, Paulmer Kampstra; and his son-in-law, Michael Sells.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Dalton Bible Church, W6477 East Oak St., Dalton, with the Rev. George Noll presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Dalton. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church Saturday. Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Home, Pardeeville, is serving the family.