Edward Louis Lampe was born January 10, 1917 in West Phalia, Kansas, son of Henry Bernard and Elizabeth Martha (Fritz) Lampe. His family moved to Bancroft in 1923 and he attended St. John's Catholic School "in the old wooden white structure".
Ed moved to California in March 1942 and was initially employed by Rohr Industries making parts for the B-24. He then worked with Ryan Aeronautics until 1946, when he went to Consolidated Vultee, which was then acquired by General Dynamics. He worked for General Dynamics for 33 years retiring in 1980.
Edward married Elizabeth Anna McDowell in September, 1949 in San Diego, CA. She was a registered nurse working at various hospitals in the San Diego area. Ed and Betty was champion roller skaters, entering there first contest in 1954, where they won 1st place in novice category. They continued winning championships into the 1960's. Ed was an avid bowler; he enjoyed collecting U.S. and foreign coins, and was an award winning orchid grower. Ed was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Edward L. Lampe died Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at Good Samaritan Communities, Algona at the age of 89.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Lampe of Bancroft; one son, Edward Lampe Jr. of San Diego, CA; two step-daughters, Carolyn and Teresa of Huntsville, AK; four sisters, Bertha Chalus of Sioux Falls, SD, Anna Doocy of Lone Rock, Lorraine Welp of Minneapolis, MN and Dorothy Jensen of Santee, CA; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Mary Lieurance, Frances Manners, Gertrude Anthony, and Leona McGregor; and three brothers, Henry (HK), Leo, and a brother in infancy; two half brothers; and one half sister.