Thomas John Kamp died June 1, 2016, at the age of 97. He had very recently moved to Birchwood at Hillcrest from his home in Amsterdam where he had been cared for by his daughters Joyce "AJ" and Lois since 2009.
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Tom was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Amsterdam, Montana, to John T. and Elizabeth (DeRuig) Kamp. Preceding him in death are his wife Fenna, his sisters Grace (Bates) Gertrude (Jones), and Elizabeth (Byrd); his brother Fred; his brother- and sister-in-law Joe and Esther Danhof; and his sister-in-law Martha Kamp. He is survived by his brother John of Bozeman.
Tom attended elementary school in Amsterdam and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1936. He proudly served in the South Pacific during World War II in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Tom married Fenna H. Danhof on Jan. 7, 1942. They had been married 67 years at the time of her death in 2009. They are survived by their children Joyce "AJ", Lois, Robert (Sharon) and John (Joyce); eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Inconsolable in her loss is his faithful dog Jazz.
After his father's death in 1949, Tom assumed ownership and management of Kamp Implement Company in Amsterdam. Kamp Implement was established in 1917 by his father John T. Kamp as a blacksmithing business. The International Harvester product line was acquired in 1924. After relocating the business to Belgrade in 1971, Tom developed the business into what would become one of Montana's largest Case IH dealerships.
Even though Tom could rightly be proud of quite substantial successes in business, land acquisition, farming, banking, and investing, he was an unpretentious man who filled his civic and community duties quietly but with firm leadership. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First Security Bank for 50 years; was a member of the Board of Directors of Inter-Mountain Bancorp, Inc. since its inception 45 years ago; a Trustee on the board of the Amsterdam School system for 10 years and the Manhattan School Board for 4 years. Tom was instrumental in forming the Gallatin County Refuse Disposal District No. 1 (currently known as the Logan Landfill) and served as the first President of its Board of Directors. He served on that Board for 20 years. He helped create and equip the Amsterdam Rural Fire District; worked with Gallatin County to improve and pave the Amsterdam-Churchill area roads and was instrumental in improving the telephone service throughout what was known then as the Holland Settlement.
Visitation will be on Sunday, June 5 from 2-5 pm. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman. Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery with military honors on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m.
A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, where Tom was a member for 70 years. There will be a reception in the church Fellowship Hall afterward. Please note that Manhattan Christian Reformed Church is the large white church in Churchill.
The service will be available via webcast at: http://webcasts.lifetributes.com/706443
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial tributes to Bozeman Health Foundation (Memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715, Gallatin History Museum, 317 West Main, Bozeman 59715, or to a
In honor of Tom, Kamp Implement Company will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 3 to June 5, 2016