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May 7, 1930 - March 25, 2021
Wayne Walter Kamphaus, 90, of Caribou Lake died peacefully, and went into the presence of Jesus, with his wife Kathy and family at his side on March 25th. He was born in Duluth and was proud to have graduated from Central High School in 1948. He earned an Architectural Drafting degree from Dunwoody College and was recruited to be an instructor in that program, a career he loved. After returning to Duluth in 1975, Wayne worked in the County Assessor’s Office until his retirement in 1996.
Wayne was a servant of God, sharing his gift of a perfect tenor voice singing at Mount of Olives Baptist Church in the choir and solos of his favorite hymns. He sang with the Duluth Symphony Chorus for 38 years, his beloved Messiah memorized. He enjoyed nature and the outdoors and spent countless trips canoeing in the BWCA and family trips to the National Parks. Wayne was a self-taught expert on trees and birds and was thrilled to pass this knowledge on to others.
He will be remembered for his groaner puns and striking up a conversation with anyone he met – making sure to mention growing up in Lakeside.
Wayne will be dearly missed by his wife of 65 years, Kathleen, and daughters Kim (Jeff) Preiner, Cari (Rich) Beckman, Lisa (Jon) Kamp, and Elizabeth (late husband Brian) Schewe. His warmth and humor will be remembered by his grandchildren Melanie, Tara, Kellen, Steven, Daniel, Luke, Darren, Robert, Grant and step-grandchildren Tanner, Samantha, Liz, Angelena, and Justin. He was blessed with great-grandchildren Olin, Svea, Liam, Oskar, Louisa, Isaiah, Autumn, and one due in July.
The family will be having a private service.