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William “Bill” Dale Hampy, 91

William “Bill” Dale Hampy, 91, of Cole Camp, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Good Samaritan Care Center, Cole Camp.  He was born on December 16, 1922, in Ionia, a son of Arthur and Lucille (Siegel) Hampy.

As a child, he was baptized in the Ionia Methodist Church.  He graduated from Cole Camp High School in 1941.  On May 16, 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a military policeman guarding the Pentagon.  He was honorably discharged on October 19, 1946.

On June 27, 1946, in Cole Camp, he was united in marriage to Arline Margaret Kroenke. This union was blessed with the gift of three children:  Robert, Karen, and Brenda.

Bill spent his entire adult life farming, milking cows, and raising turkeys.  In 1993, he retired and moved to Cole Camp, where he found his calling at the senior center.  He served on the board, assisted in cleanup, and led the daily prayers.  He was well loved and taken care of by his senior center “family”.

After moving to Cole Camp, he met and married Vi Eckhoff Schuman on May 18, 1997, and joined the United Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed following the Cole Camp Bluebirds basketball and volleyball games.  He was a familiar face at his first home church, selling tickets for the Ionia Turkey supper and greeting people for worship in his later years. It was not unusual to see him riding his vintage bicycle to pick up his mail.

He is survived by:
three daughters, Karen Cairer of Sedalia, Brenda Bohling and her husband Kerry of Warsaw, and Vicki Donnell and her husband Ed of Springfield;
six grandchildren, Shawn and Amanda Cairer, Travis and Jessalynn Cairer, Kory and Jessi Bohling, Megan and Seth Doyle, Katie and Jeff Dreiman, and Sara and Scott Theriault; and
nine great-grandchildren, Jordan Cairer, Isaiah Cairer, Brooklynn Greene, Braedon Cairer, William Cairer, Parker Dreiman, Lucas Dreiman, Tatum Theriault, and Bently Doyle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lucille Hampy, his first wife, Arline Hampy on May 30, 1993, his second wife, Vi Hampy on October 28, 2009, his son, Robert Hampy, a son-in-law, Dale Cairer, one sister, Evelyn “Plut” Meyer, one brother, Herbert “Hup” Hampy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at United Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Marvin Stuenkel officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia, with military honors by the American Legion Post No. 305 of Cole Camp.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp, with visitation to follow.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Cole Camp Senior Center and the United Lutheran Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Cairer, Travis Cairer, Kory Bohling, Seth Doyle, Kerry Bohling, and Ed Donnell.

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