Elmer Lampson


Elmer Lampson
May 28, 1927 - April 9, 2011

Elmer Edward Lampson, age 83, of Milton-Freewater passed away April
9, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born to Leslie M. and Helen (Holman) Lampson on the family farm east of Goldendale, Wash. While a young child, he and his family moved to the Sara area just north of Vancouver, Wash., where he lived until inducted into the Army at the onset of Korean War. He spent two years in the Army as a medic at Army hospitals in Japan.

Upon discharge from the Army, Elmer went to Union College in Lincoln, Neb. While there, he met Joyce Zummach. They married June 2, 1957, in the College View Church. After graduating in 1958, with a B.S. in business administration, he commenced a lifetime of
administrative work as business manager at various secondary schools and colleges operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Auburn Academy in Auburn, Wash.; Helderberg College in South Africa; Solusi College in Zimbabwe; Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools; Columbia; Laurelwood; Milo; Portland; and University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya. He touched the lives of
many people, in addition to being a loving husband and father.

In retirement years, Elmer enjoyed hobby farming on his Tum-A-Lum property in Milton-Freewater, specializing in berries for U-pick, family trips to Mount Rainier, overseas trips with the family to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and a 50th wedding anniversary trip back to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe.

He was a member of the University Church in College Place.

Elmer was survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Dale (Kathryn) of Sunnyvale, Calif., Clark (Lyla) of Milton-Freewater; daughter, Merilee Stein of Walla Walla; grandson, Jason Stein of Portland; granddaughters, Amanda Stein of Walla Walla, Elizabeth Lampson and Stephanie Lampson of Sunnyvale, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Raighlyn; brothers, Charles of Spokane, Warren of Ridgefield, Wash., Eugene of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Ann Paddock of Vancouver, Wash.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Aid Center, or Hospice, both of Walla Walla; or Gospel Outreach in College Place. The memorial service will be May 13 at 2:30 p.m. at University Church, Heubach Chapel, 212 S.W. 4th St., College Place.


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