Melvin A. Kamphaus, age 84, formerly of 2240 Sycamore, died on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in the Illinois Veterans Home. He was born on September 15, 1931 in Adams County, the son of the late Sylvester J. and Gertrude (Dieker) Kamphaus. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Hoffman on May 1, 1954 at Francis Catholic Church. She survives. Except for the 2 years he spent serving in Korea for the United States Army National Guard, Melvin spent his entire life in the Dairy Business. He started as a teenager at Deters Dairy Farm. Later he and 2 of his brothers owned and operated Mid-West Dairy from 1960 to 1971. After selling the dairy to Prarie Farms, Melvin worked at the Durst Facility of Prarie Farms for 16 years. He retired in 1986 due to a stroke. Melvin was a member of St. Francis Holy Name Society, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the North Side Business Club, the UCT, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. Melvin greatly enjoyed his family, playing cards, and feeding the birds and squirrels.
In addition to his wife, Melvin is also survived by:
A DAUGHTER: Pamela Root and her husband Steven of Quincy
THREE GRANDCHILDREN: Jennifer Root; Ashley Liebig and her husband Russell and Eric Steven Root.
ONE BROTHER: Roger Kamphaus and his wife Ann
TWO SISTERS: Barb Frericks and Berniece Peters
SISTERS-IN-LAW: Virginia Kamphaus and Henrietta Blaise
BROTHER IN LAW: Floyd Harig
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
Melvin was preceded in death by a son: Melvin Kamphaus, Jr., 4 BROTHERS: Carl, Bill, Richard and Sib Kamphaus and 2 SISTERS: Virginia Terwelp and Alvera Laaker.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:30 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and at 9:00 in St. Francis Catholic Church. Interment in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund or the St. Francis Parish Center.
- Pamela and Steve - I am sorry for your loss - I wish you peace
Becky Jansen Coelho
- Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints in snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
As you awake with morning’s hush I am the swift-up-flinging rush of quiet birds in circling flight.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
I am Cleats & Ruth Dieker Jansen's daughter. I am sorry for your loss.
Jeanette K. Bohne
- Betty and family, I was so sorry to learn of Melvin's passing. A wonderful guy. Never saw Mel but what he didn't have a big smile. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of Great Loss. God Bless!