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George F. Kampling - 87

7/15/1930 - 12/24/2017

Clinton, IA

George F. Kampling, Sr. age 87 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Alverno Health Care Facility. In following George’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 31st at the Pape Funeral Home. A Mass will be celebrated at a later date with burial to then take place at the Rock Island Arsenal. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. George was born in Hannibal, Missouri on July 16, 1930, the son of Francis and Mary Ivalee (Obermire) Kampling. George married Theresa Strabala on June 6, 1950 in Iowa City. They divorced in 1985. In 1989 he married Mary Jane Miller in Clinton, they divorced in 2012. He was a Clerk with the US Post Office in Iowa City during the 1960s where he also was a newspaper string writer for AP, UPI, Sports Illustrated and several newspapers. In 1970 he became the sports editor for the Clinton Herald. After retiring from the Herald in 1995 he became the Sports Information Director for Mt. St. Clare College. George is survived by his two former wives; three daughters; Judith Kampling of Bettendorf, Mary Kampling of Iowa City, Nancy (Michael) Lafayette of Colorado Springs, CO; a son, George (Kendra) Kampling, Jr. of Minocqua, WI; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Kampling of Clinton and a sister, Grace Schroeder of Marengo, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gathering of Friends

A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 31st at the Pape Funeral Home.

Mass:

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date with burial to then take place at the Rock Island Arsenal.

5 Comments

  • Mary Stopher

    on 12/27/17

    To George's family and friends; I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in cherished memories of George. Sincerely, Mary Stopher
  • Ted Schultz

    on 12/27/17

    I worked with George at the Clinton Herald. I learned a lot about Clinton and area history from him. RIPV
  • Gary Montgomery

    on 12/27/17

    George was one of a kind. He was always a gentlemen and always had a smile for me whenever our paths crossed before I moved away in 1980. I set here with a smile now thinking of those good times. RIP George.
  • Steve Roe

    on 01/03/18

    From those of us in Iowa Athletics, we were sorry to see of George's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with George when he came to the press box for an occasional football game. Our condolences to George's family and friends.
  • Jeff Huth

    5 days, 3 hours ago

    I just learned of this today and am so saddened by losing a former colleague, but more importantly, a very good friend. I served as George's assistant in the sports dept. at The Clinton Herald from 1976-79, and could not have asked for a better boss as a young adult just out of college. Such a generous spirit and so welcoming. Our working relationship grew into such a strong friendship that I asked George to be my best man at my wedding. Thankfully, he accepted. We continued to stay in touch and in recent years, I made it a point to visit him once a year. I was preparing to do the same next month before learning of this sad news. I have lost a true friend. How I wish I could have seen him one more time. 

     

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