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Harold Ray Wampler, 92, of Springfield passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012 in James River Care Center, Springfield.
Harold was born January 30, 1920 in Carthage, Missouri, to Ward and Della Wampler. He grew up in Niehart, Montana, Webb City, Missouri, and Bonne Terre, Missouri. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from the Bonne Terre High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Rolla, with a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He was active in the ROTC Band, Captain of Basketball team and member of Student Council. He attended Management courses at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. and Harvard University, Boston, Mass. He was a Registered Professional Engineer, State of Missouri and a member of AIME.
He married Oileen Elizabeth Kuchlin on January 3, 1942 in the Congregational Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Harold and Oileen were residents of Hillsboro, Illinois, Dumas, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio prior to moving to Springfield, Missouri in 1986. While in Hillsboro, he was a member, Deacon, and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church and member and President of Rotary International Club. He served 11 years on the school board of the Hillsboro Unit District and was President for three years. He served as President of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. He was Vice President of Operations for the American Zinc Co. and managed Zinc plants in Texas, Illinois, and Ohio. He later joined ASARCO Incorporated of New York and managed their Zinc Oxide in Illinois and Ohio.
He served in World War II in the European and Pacific Theater of Operations in the 311 Combat Engineer BN, 86th Inf. Div. and on the General Staff of the 86th Div. as G-4. He was discharged as a Major in 1946.
He was a member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, wife Oileen, and three brothers, Ward, Richard, and John. He is survived by his son Harold Ray Wampler, Jr. and his wife Paula of Guntersville, AL.; two grandchildren Marc E. Wampler and wife Tammy of Lexington, KY., Julie E. Belt and husband Brian of Clarksville, Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren, Owen and Wren Wampler and Katie and Sam Belt.
Memorial services will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 East Seminole, Springfield, MO. Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 Cherry St., Springfield, MO. 65806.
Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 7, 2012
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804