Fred J. Kamp was born April 17, 1926, in Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to John T. and Elizabeth de Ruig Kamp. Fred grew up in Amsterdam and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1944.
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Fred married Cynthia Corrine Stipe on Nov. 27, 1945, in Polson. They had four children - Bonnie Tiahrt (Ron) of Lancaster, Ohio, Evelyn DenHerder (Rod) of Redmond, Wash., Chuck Kamp of Las Vegas, Nev., and Connie Jacobsen (Brian) of Kirkland, Wash.
Fred and Corrine owned and resided on a wheat farm north of Three Forks for many years. In addition to the wheat farm, Fred opened a Pontiac, GMC and Studebaker dealership in Three Forks. After closing the dealership he worked a few years for the Cadillac Chevrolet dealership in Helena. Fred and family then moved back to the Three Forks wheat farm, operating it as well as the adjacent farm that belonged to his brother, John, who was residing in California at the time. Fred continued to operate the farm until 1979, when he turned control over to his son, Chuck. Fred then became a real estate agent, selling farms and ranches in the Bozeman area.
From the mid-'70s through the mid-'90s, Fred and Corrine spent most of their winters in the Palm Springs/Indio area. After selling their Palm Desert home, they made the Seattle area their primary residence. Fred departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 7, 2009, in Redmond, Wash., 10 days after Fred and Corrine's 64th wedding anniversary.
Fred is survived by his wife, Corrine, and all four of their children; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; his sister, Grace Bates; brothers, Tom Kamp and John (Martha VanderMolen) Kamp; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his sisters, Gertrude Jones and Elizabeth Byrd; grandson, Ryan Kamp; brothers-in-law, Avery Bates and Jack Byrd; and sister-in-law, Fenna Danhof Kamp.
Perhaps Fred's son, Chuck, and his daughter, Bonnie, describe him best as "an excellent farmer, a natural at iron working, a cunning and skilled negotiator and a remarkable diplomat. He was very inventive"; and "A gentle man of integrity … honest, fair, caring. He walked, not talked, his faith." Fred's passions in his life were first his Lord Jesus, then his family and friends, and then laughter, cars and driving.
The family has prepared a memorial Web site in honor and in celebration of Fred's life. They invite you to tell others about the site and to visit it at http://www.ilasting.com/fredkamp.php. Please sign the guestbook, light a candle, or share your own story of special memories of Fred.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2009