Russell W. Kamphuis
1947 - 2020
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Russell W. Kamphuis

Russell W. Kamphuis passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in California. He was 72 years young.

If Russ were to write his own obituary, I believe it would be as follows:

Russ was born on December 13, 1947 to Rueben A. and Helen J. (Veleke) Kamphuis. He was the oldest of 5 children. Russ' claim to fame, in his own words were, "I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and I am just a farm boy". This was the beginning of his heritage and he was so very proud of every word of it.

He graduated from Waupun High School in 1965, attended University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for one year. Banking was his passion of which he excelled at. He began his banking career in Wisconsin, continued it in Vero Beach, Florida and retired from his beloved profession in 2012 as the President and CEO of Bank of Oakfield, Oakfield, Wisconsin, (now known as Bristol Morgan Bank). Russ was forever the "community banker" having led many Banks throughout his 40 plus years in the profession he loved. Russ never went to "work", he loved what he did and the people he surrounded himself with.

Russ married Sue Ellyn Brown on January 24, 1975 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. That day began their adventures together which included many, many moves, new homes, new friends, sunrises and sunsets in several towns, cities, and states. His friends were too many to count and his enemies too few to mention. Russ had an infectious laugh which was unique to him. He loved life and lived life to the fullest and lived by "The Best is Yet to Come" and "Here's to the Best People in the World… US!" He also lived by his 3 "F's"…Faith, Family and Friends. Russ was very strong in his faith of God, knew he had the best family and counted everyone his friend.

Russ is survived by his wife, Sue, children. Jill (Jeff) Poretz, Ashburn, VA. Ryan (Nicole) Kamphuis Fond du Lac, WI, and Joseph Kamphuis(Jenny Randolph) Costa Mesa, CA. His siblings, Shirley (Ron) Kastein, Neshkoro WI, LuAnn (Cal) Buwalda, Neshkoro, WI. Bob (Connie) Kamphuis, Mayville, WI, and Beth (Mike) Dittmann, Eagle River, WI,and his beloved grandchildren, Jenny Kurtz, Zach Poretz, Jason Behl, Nolan Poretz, Reid Kamphuis, Darby Kamphuis and Deklan Kamphuis. He is further survived by a daughter, Jacki Reese, TX.

In January 2020, Russ, Sue celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with Jill, Jeff, Ryan, Nicole, Joe and Jenny in Cancun, Mexico. It was a trip full of memories to last a lifetime……and it certainly will.

If it is your desire, please make a donation to: B.A.J.A Sporting Club, Green Valley, AZ, any Humane Society or a charity of your choice in Russ' name.

A celebration of Russ' will be celebrated at a later date to be determined,in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Stay tuned because,"The Best is Yet to Come."




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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2020.
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December 1, 2020
Sue, Steve and I want to offer our deepest condolences. Someone we know who worked closely with Russ told us that he was "a Banker's Banker". And he meant that with the highest compliment. Russ could work with everyone. He could play with the big boys. But he
understood community banking as well. From working with the farmers, the small business owners, and the first time home buyers. He loved banking, and his relationships with people made him good at it. i had the opportunity to work with him at several banks ... and he was the best. God bless him, and his family. Barb and Steve Knickel
Barbara and Steve Knickel
November 13, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Russ. I went to school with him in Waupun. My sincere condolences to the family.
Sarah Dennin
Classmate
November 13, 2020
My condolences to Russ's family. I went to school with him in Waupun. So sorry to hear about this.


Sarah Dennin
Classmate
November 13, 2020
He was a true friend to all in school. Our prayers to the family
Kathy Clough sauls
Classmate
November 11, 2020
Sue and Family,
So sorry to hear of Russell's passing. Please know that you are and will continue to be in our prayers. As a special cousin, Russ, meant so much to me- what a great guy and happy and strong Christian he was. Wonderful memories will continue always.
Reynold & Doris Kamphuis
Reynold & Doris Kamphuis
Family
November 9, 2020
I miss you dad, thank you for your time here.
Joe Kamphuis
Son
November 1, 2020
Russ and Sue, you were so kind to us when we were neighbors and welcomed us into the community. I don't think I ever saw Russ without a smile. You'll be in our hearts and memories.
Celia & KJ
Neighbor
October 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Russ.He was a great man and will be missed.Kay and Kevin Blanck
Kay Blanck
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
Sue and family,
My sincere condolences! I consider myself blessed to have had many memorable characters during my lifetime! And Russ was one of those! He was such a devoted addition to our community! His kindness and enthusiasm as Jason’s Little Coach will always be fondly remember!
He will always be my Ralph!
Deepest Sympathy,
ALICE!!!!!
Kris Meyer
Friend
October 29, 2020
Russ’ heart wasn’t large enough to contain all the Love it had for Family & Friends, nor his face to contain the smile he always wore. We will always miss him and never forget his presence. Hope the donation to help animals large or small of which he loved will continue his legacy as well.
Carl & Judy Rauwerdink
Neighbor
October 28, 2020
Sue & Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you at this painful time. We are sending our deepest sympathy and love to all.
Dennis & Maggie McDonald
Friend
October 28, 2020
Russ was one of the 3 most important people in my life, right after my parents. I don’t know where I would be without him. He laugh will echo in my head till the day I too am gone. Suzie ,may God give you happiness beyond your time with Russ.
Scott Sweet
Friend
October 28, 2020
you will be missed...we had a lot of fun with sue and you..
Brad and Sue yocum
Friend
October 27, 2020
Dave and I meet Russ and Sue last Thanksgiving at our home in Lake Arrowhead CA for the very first time due to the fact their son Joe was in love with our daughter Jenny. We fell in love with the both of them as we got stuck in a very snowy unusual holiday for our area. We had a wonderful time getting to know them both and Russ had us in stitches most of the time relating us back to his home in Wisconsin and the snowy weather they hoped to escape but came to find in “ sunny” California! We truly are devastated with this loss of such a vibrant fun sweet man. God bless him ... he is in a much better place but he will be sorely missed ❤
Dave & Trudy Randolph
Friend
October 27, 2020
My sympathies to the family of the best boss ever. I smile as I remember his infectious laugh.. he made banking fun. Maybe rest in the arms of the Lord!
Mari Klinke
Coworker
October 27, 2020
He will be greatly missed. I loved working with Russ and Ryan even though it was for aonly a few years.
Carol Pierstorff
Friend
October 27, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and Russ today and always.
Call me anytime, Love,
Kris
Kris Hanson
Friend
October 27, 2020
Many great times with Russ, Sue and their family. Will never forget the trip to Curacao Tish and I enjoyed with Russ and Sue.
Learned so much h from Russ. A true and trusted friend. Until we meet again, bottoms up!
Steve Kemps
Friend
October 27, 2020
Many great times with Russ, Sue and their family. Will never forget the trip to Curacao Tish and I enjoyed with Russ and Sue.
Learned so much h from Russ. A true and trusted friend. U til we meet again, bottoms up!
Steve Kemps
Coworker
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