ELFRED HENRY "AL" LAMPE

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ELFRED HENRY "AL" LAMPE, MD., died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was born Feb. 15, 1925 on his family farm in Freistatt, Mo. Al enlisted in the Navy at 18 and was accepted into the V-12 program. During and after his service in the Navy, Al completed medical school Cum Laude and Ob/Gyn residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Al met his wife, Mary, on a blind date, and they were married in 1949. After completing his training, the family moved to Fort Wayne. Al had a busy and fulfilling practice delivering over 4,000 babies, establishing one of the first outpatient surgery centers in the country, presiding as president of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and leading the Indiana section of the American College of Ob/Gyn for 12 years. Indiana University Medical School recognized Al as "Teacher of the Year" for for his ongoing education of Medical Students and Family Practice Residents. His volunteer efforts helped to establish the Three Rivers Clinic which provided health care to the underserved women of Allen County. Al retired from medicine after 43 years of practice. After 30 years of living part time in the desert, Al and Mary moved permanently to Rancho Mirage in 2009. Al was an avid Colts fan, as well as an avid golfer. He was proud of his three hole-in-ones! He loved his football pool and made many friends. He was a past member of Fort Wayne Country Club and Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. Nothing was more important to Al than family. He and Mary shared a loving marriage for 66 years. Al was a gentleman; he was kind, thoughtful, and generous. He will be missed by many, especially by his family. Surviving are his three children, Dr. Thomas (Diane) Lampe, Dr. George (Linda) Lampe and Martha (Dr. Carleton) Keck; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Angelo) Allard, Elizabeth (Josh) Anderson, William (Cecilia) Lampe, Katherine (Grant) Muenter, Joseph Lampe, Carleton (Erin) Keck, and John (Anne) Keck; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Schnelle and Grace Doss; and sister-in-law, Pearl Lampe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Heyl; his parents; and brother, Norman. A Celebration of Life service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church, 45-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Neighborhood HealthClinics, Inc. (the former Three Rivers Clinic), PO Box 11949 Fort Wayne, IN 46862-1949 or Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
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Hope Lutheran Church Elca
45900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 12, 2018
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