December 9, 1922 - December 3, 2015

 

David D. Lamphere, 92, St. Cloud, MN died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center.

At Del’s request, there will be no formal service. Interment at Fort Snelling Cemetery will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.

David (Del) Lamphere was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to David J and Marie (Waugh) Lamphere and grew up in Lynd, Minnesota.

As a paratrooper in World War II, he made two combat jumps in the Philippines. His unit, the 511th Parachute Regiment, was the first combat unit to set foot on Imperial Japan for more than a thousand years - and his unit provided the Honor Guard for General MacArthur.

He married Frances Konold October 2, 1949 at Hope Lutheran Church, Minneota, MN. Together they had four children and although they divorced, they remained friends. He later married Judith (Gunkelman) Bucholz on March 28, 1983 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

He was involved in the banking and insurance industry for nearly 40 years, beginning his career at the First Bank of Minneota in 1953. He retired from Plaza Park Bank in Waite Park in 1987.

More recently in retirement he had become involved in wood working, designing log beds and rustic furniture. He loved his time at his lake home in Nisswa, MN. Countless good times were shared there and we will treasure the memories. He often said the words, “There’s something about a fire”.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, children Roxanne (Craig) Perkins, Boulder, CO, Brett (Kathy), Rice, MN, Wade (Kathleen) St. Cloud, MN, daughter-in-law Dona, Sartell, MN, Christopher Bucholz, Scottsdale, AZ, and Becky (Frank)Vorderbruggen, Perham, MN, brother Ab Lamphere, Ellijay, GA, as well as 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, son Craig on January 8, 2008, sister and brother-in-law Alberta and Harry Gorman, and sister-in-law Chris Lamphere.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Coborn Cancer Center, The St. Cloud Hospital, and the VA Hospice in St. Cloud for their tender care.

He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.