June 12, 1924 ~ February 14, 2013

Born in: Chicago, Illinois,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden - Major (United States Air Force, Retired) Albert Anthon Kampf, 88, died peacefully on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 surrounded by his family. Albert, a first generation American and native of Chicago, IL, was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Kampf. Albert was truly a member of "The Greatest Generation", whose military career spanned from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement, he worked for over 30 years as the owner of Kampf's Tax Service in Waynesville, NC. A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Barnabas Church in Arden, NC. He was honored by the United States Army in 2011 by a presentation of the Commander's Award for Public Service, in recognition of the support he demonstrated for our service members by making and donating over 5, 000 rosaries to the Army's Chaplaincy Program. A skilled craftsman, Albert enjoyed wood carving, rosary making, and any kind of home improvement project. He loved attending Church, spending time with his family, tending his beloved rose bushes, and eating at Chinese restaurants. Albert was preceded in Death by his mother and father, and by brothers, Louie, Theodore, Joe and Bill and sisters, Kay Moran and Sr. Barbara Kampf, SDM. Albert is survived by Mary Kampf, his wife of 59 years of the home; one sister, Elizabeth Elmore, and by his daughters, Loretta Buckner and her husband, Lane, of Charlotte, Rosemary Allen and her husband, Mike, of Marshall, and Valerie Williams and her husband, Phillip, of Arden; 6 grandchildren, Nathan and Jesse Buckner, Dr. Beverly Gray, Michelle Barger, Russell Allen, and Mary Elizabeth Williams; 5 great grandchildren, and his little dogs Jackson and Tony. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC at 10:30am on Monday, 18 February 2013 with Reverend Father Adrian Porras officiating. Graveside rites and burial will follow at noon on Monday at the North Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Sunday, 17 February at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with a rosary being said at 7:00pm. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Mrs. Kampf, Valerie and extended family:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kampf. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My condolences and love.

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  2. MARY
    VALERIE AND FAMILY,
    OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.MAY GOD COMFORT YOU DURING THE DAYS AHEAD.YOU ALL HAVE BEEN SO VERY SPECIAL TO US OVER THE YEARS.IF EVER YOU NEED US PLEASE LET US KNOW.YOUR FRIENDS,
    TIM,BETTY JO AND SKYE RUFF

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  3. Mrs. Kampf and Valerie,
    So sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Kampf. He was a fine man. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and the rest of the family during this difficult time.

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  4. Rosemary,
    Meredith and I are praying for comfort for you and your family after the loss of your father. God Bless you all,
    Mike & Meredith

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  5. Mrs Kampf and Valerie,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr Kampf. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time

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  6. Mary, Valerie & family, So very sorry to hear about Albert. He was a wonderful guy who will be missed by all. Please accept our heartfelt prayers for him & your entire family. Dan & Margi Alvarez

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  7. We are so sorry to hear of Albert’s passing. May God bless you and give you peace during this time of loss. We love you all.

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  8. Dear Mary, Valerie and Family,
    We were deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Kampf’s passing. You all are such a beautiful family and many meories we have are shared with your family at church events, etc. We will always remember Mr. Kampf’s kindess and willingness to help others, especially with the beautiful rosary beads he made. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Kathleen, Cecilia, Harvey and Cecilia Ruth Lance and Family

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