We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at West Funeral Home - West Fargo
Dean Edward Lampe, 76, passed away May 25th, 2022, at Sanford hospital Fargo, ND due to complications from autoimmune encephalitis.
Dean was born April 15th, 1946, In Bloomington MN, the son of Elmer Edward and AnnaBelle (Hyde) Lampe. He graduated from Bloomington High School and attended Mankato State University studying business and later receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND
Dean was united in marriage to Michelle Peterson in 1968. To this union 3 children were born: Melissa, Joshua and Alicia, raising them and residing in Thief River Falls, MN. He spent most of his life as a businessman in the manufactured housing industry. First, managing and ownership of a manufacturing plant until 1992. He then moved to Mandan, ND where he owned and operated a retail dealership with his life partner DeLayne Schmitz. To this union he would gain 3 stepchildren, DeAnna, Darin and Darcy. In 2008, Dean and DeLayne moved to Fargo where he continued his business passion and leadership with his role as Executive Director of FM Ambulance.
Dean was a gifted and passionate musician his entire life. Playing piano and organ in his childhood church, later playing bass guitar and keyboard in his traveling band “Booked Solid”. In his adult years he pursued a passion for organ and organ works. He traveled to see and play some of the finest organs made in the world. He had a special love for JS Bach and was so fortunate to travel to Germany to play some of the organs that Bach himself had played. Dean’s greatest gift of music was shared with his children and grandchildren.
Dean was a true creature of habit and had a way of keeping things exactly how he wanted them. He knew what he wanted and loved having the latest and greatest, especially if they were “gadgets”. His most recent “business plan” was working to convince DeLayne all the reasons why they should adopt a dog. Dean and DeLayne spent time traveling around the world and made many trips to CA to see his “California girls” DeAnna, Darcy and grandchild Ezella. He loved time at the shooting range with his friends and son Josh and was a ND State Skeet Champion. Dean also loved summer trips to the lake and time with his brother Dick. He was a devoted Wild, Vikings and NASCAR fan. Dean also loved to fly airplanes and was an instrument rated pilot and logged many hours flying his own plane. He was most content with quiet time spent at home but the visits from his grandkids were the most special to him.
Dean is survived by his life partner DeLayne Schmitz of 30 years. Brother Dick (Jackie) Lampe of North Branch, MN, Children Missy (Chris) Borgen of Thief River Falls, Alicia Hagen of Thief River Falls, Josh Lampe of Fargo, ND, DeAnna Schmitz Roberts of San Jose, California, Darin Schmitz of Marshall MN and Darcy (Steve) Sonsini of San Metao, California, Grandchildren Taylor (Scott), McKenna (Tyler) Bennett, Julia (Aaron), Gavin, Gwen and Ezella, and Great grandson Sammy.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and AnnaBelle.
Memorial Service: Friday, June 3, 2022, 2:30 p.m. at West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo, North Dakota, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
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