Gary Lee Kampa, 63, of Lewiston died Sunday evening at his home. Gary was born November 4, 1954 in Winona to Raymond and Beulah (Schafer) Kampa. He lived in St. Charles until moving to Dover with his family in 1959. Gary graduated with honors from Dover-Eyota High School in 1972. Following high school he attended Morningside College in Souix City, IA for a year. He then began working for Menards before beginning his career with UBC in Winona. With UBC Gary began as a yard man, then worked as assistant manager and manager as the company renamed in to Pro Build and later as Builders First Source. In his current role Gary worked with IT. Gary and Bridgette "Bird" Millen were married December 9, 1978. They lived in St. Charles until moving to Fremont and later to Lewiston.
Gary loved his grandchildren and enjoyed teasing them and playing practical jokes. His competitive nature was displayed playing cribbage and Trivial Pursuit.
Survivors include his wife Bridgette "Bird", two children Mike (Melissa) Kampa of Lewiston and Jessica (Mike) Mulvaney of Spring Valley, grandchildren; Adam, Evan, Alaina, Orin and Omri Kampa, Evelyn and Cooper Mulvaney, a sister Bonnie Kampa of Rochester and a brother Glen Kampa of Stewartville. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ella, his parents and two brothers, Wayne and Calvin.
Services to remember Gary will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles, led by funeral celebrant, Dianne Rislow. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home on Thursday. Please share a memory of Gary at his online quest book and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
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With Deep Sympathy to All. Jan Headley
Bird, and Family. Sorry for your loss and that I could not make it down for the service. I have great memories growing up with Gary when we lived on the farm. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace and God bless you all.
Bird, I am sorry to hear that Gary had past!! So very young! My thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time. Gary I remember him as such a nice funny guy who loved you dearly and you him. Heaven got another good guy is what I know! Love and Hugs sent your way. Tammy "Schweitzer" Christian
Bridgette and Family , Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dan & Karen Plank and Ryan & Sara Schaefer
My deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So many memories with my uncle Gar-bear. Summers spent with them. Christmas Eve making snowman's .. sledding..hot coco..great food and gifts to open. Many late nights playing with my cousins while our parents played cards. He enjoyed scaring me. His kindness and patience I'll remember most. I'm greatful for the memories he will always have a special place in my heart..uncle Gary and auntie Bird were like second parents to me.
Dear Bridgette and family. You don't know me, but I was in the 1972 DEHS graduating class with Gary and am so sorry to hear of Gary's death. From the video one can see he really did enjoy his family and that will leave special memories for you to hold on to; especially to help soften the heartbreak that will flood over you at times in the months and years to come. His life was cut way too short and for that I feel for you and your family. God bless you now and in the months ahead. Classmate, Connie Abernathy-Ness
My sympathies to the family, esp. Glen. Sheri Adams-Severson
So very sorry for your loss, Bird. Thinking of you and your family.
My condolences to Gary's family. A friend during high school, Gary was 1-year ahead of me. Played baseball together and always a nice guy.
Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs.
I have the utmost respect for the person I came to admire for his way of helping out every time I called with an IT question or problem. If he didn't know the answer, he found out and called back. He was a class act professionally, and never seemed to be frustrated with the encumbrances of corporate life. I will miss his willingness to listen and come up with solutions. I will miss his servant attitude to all, no matter how many directions he was pulled in.
To the kampa family I'm sorry for your loss Gary was a good and funny guy.
Bird, Jessica, and family. Sorry for your loss. I did not know Gary but you can see from the video how much he loved his family. May those good memories help comfort you in this time of sorrow
I had the opportunity to work with Gary when he was a store manager and also when he ran the Timber Roots Distribution Center in Winona. Than a few years later we crossed paths at the Annex in Winona when he worked for IT. What a wonderful man and co-worker, always spoke highly of his family. A friend forever. Our prayers go out to the family. Randy Hartkopp
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