LeRoy Stampe, 104, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 9:30 A.M. until service time. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.
LeRoy Stampe was born on a farm in Clinton County, Iowa, on November 25, 1912 to Peter Johannas and Fredericka Sophia (Hanssen) Stampe. He was a graduate of Preston High School and had attended business college in Clinton. He married Helen A. Christiansen on December 10, 1939 in Preston, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2015.
LeRoy first had a grocery store in Preston and then in DeWitt until selling it in 1946. He then farmed in the Elvira area for one year and moved back to DeWitt where he sold farm equipment for Charlie Rasmussen until moving to a farm west of Bliedorn in 1948. He then went to Grand Mound where he purchased a grocery store in 1949. From 1950 to 1954 he operated a farm north of Calamus and then farmed in the Elwood area until 1958. He then moved to Welton where he farmed and worked as a district sales manager for Trojan Seed Company until moving to Maquoketa in 1973. He continued selling seed corn until retirement in 1980. He moved to Clover Ridge Place in 2011.
LeRoy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the Toastmaster's in DeWitt and was a Mason.
Those left to honor LeRoy's memory include his children, Alan (Carolyn) Stampe of Wallace, NC, and Jane (Susan Cremer) Stampe of Edwards, CO; a son-in-law, David Hoeppner of Houston, TX; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 6 brothers Herbert, Adolph, Fred, Peter, Virtus and Marvin, 2 sisters Louise Black and Gladys Martin, and a daughter Sandra Hoeppner.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LeRoy Stampe memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
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Dear Cousins Alan and Jane and families,
I am so very sorry that you have lost your father! He was a great uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. All of Peter and Fredericke Stampe's children are now passed away, and it's the end of a huge and interesting chapter in our family history. However,we won't forget your Dad and the Stampe family. My parents often talked fondly of your parents, and they shared many good memories of times together while living in Iowa. I know you will miss LeRoy! Take good care. Cousin Nancy
All was can do is be glad they were part of our life and keep the memories close. We will never see their like again. They kept their eyes on the stars and their feet in the mud as one old farmer said.
Jane, so sorry to see your father had passed. As I read the obituary I couldn't help but think what a wonderful full & interesting life he had led. May you always keep the memories of him close in your mind & heart. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Betty (Oehrlein) Henkel
Condolences and sympathy to Jane and all of Leroy's family, classmate Diane (Hinrichs) Wuestenberg, Johnstown, CO.
So sorry to hear the passing of your father. The stories I can only imagine he could tell. What a true blessing I know he must have been. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Sorry for your loss. He had a long life to share with his family. For sure you have good memories.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you, Allan and Carolyn and family.
He was always such a happy guy with that big smile.
Dennis and Maureen Schrader
Our Sympathy to Allan and Carolyn and family. Always such a happy guy.
Dennis and Maureen Schrader
Mom, Dad, Alan & Carolyn at Mom's 90th
LeRoy and his siblings minus 2
LeRoy and his siblings
To the family Leroy's,he was a great man woren a smile,always had a great laugh,and love to give out hugs, But he thought everything was special to him no matter who you are. I surely miss my Bad,Bad Leroy Brown,the baddest man in the hole dam town. He always said this sang to everyone at Clover Ridge Place.
Alan, Jane, and Family,
Sorry to here of LeRoy's passing. My smypathy to all.
Barbie Nelson Barber
I worked at Jack and Jill with Helen and got to know Leroy thru her. Best couple ever!! Loved the way they talked with each other - smile on her face when he might happen to come in. It was a great love for each other. Prayers for his children.
I have so many great memories of LeRoy when he and Helen came to live at Clover..One time when we were at Walmart for our weekly shopping spree, a employee ask him if he needed assistance? Oh boy did he get irrate, what is she talking about.. he said she needed to help someone that was older and needed her help!! did we all ever laugh on the way back to the assist living... LeRoy was always Bigger then life to us staff!!! my prayers of love go out to each of his family!!!
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