Dr. John Dampeer Jr.
Chauvin Funeral Home - Houma
5899 Hwy 311
Houma, LA
Dr. John Oscar Dampeer Jr. was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Summit, Mississippi, and died Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Houma.
Visitation will be from noon until funeral time Saturday, March 21, at St. Lucy's Catholic Church in Houma. A Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with burial this summer at the Felder Methodist Family Cemetery in Summit, Mississippi. All are welcome to attend the visitation and services and celebrate Dr. Dampeer's life.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 21 years, Milly Lally Dampeer; sons, John Oscar Dampeer III and wife, Susan, of South Bend, Indiana, and William "Mac" McKenzie Dampeer and wife, Lynn, of Artesia, New Mexico; daughter, Johanna Nicole Dampeer Turner, of Woodstock, Georgia; stepsons, Dr. John L. Steigner and wife, Julie, of Houma, Dr. Michael L. Steigner and wife, Claire, of Needham, Massachusetts, Patrick L. Steigner and wife, Sarah, of Huntsville, Alabama, and Jason L. Steigner, of New Orleans; and 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Barnes Dampeer; daughter, Emily Ann Dampeer Moxom Lolli; and parents, John Oscar Dampeer Sr. and Clara Pauline Felder Dampeer.
Dr. Dampeer served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from March 1943 until the end of World War II on Dec. 6, 1945. He was an armorer in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland.
After the war, he returned to the University of Mississippi and graduated in 1947. Dr. Dampeer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1950, and completed a surgical internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in 1951. That year, with young children to provide for, he opened a medical practice in Kermit, Texas. In 1956, he returned to his surgical training and completed a general surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1958.
Dr. Dampeer moved back to Kermit, and spent the next 20 years flying his plane all over West Texas to provide surgical care to far-reaching communities. With a desire to return to teaching, he arrived in Houma in 1978, to open the surgery department at South Louisiana Medical Center (now Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center) and chaired that department until his retirement in 2004, at the age of 80. He mentored countless surgical residents through the years, and the surgical suites at Chabert are named for him.
Dr. Dampeer will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. He was a humble man who referred to himself as, "and old country doctor from West Texas." He was an adventurous traveler and avid reader who loved crossword puzzles, motorcycles, gardening and animals.
The family wishes to especially thank Jeremiah Boudwin, who provided Dr. Dampeer with such loving and respectful care and companionship in his last two years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Chabert Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 4337, Houma, LA 70361.
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My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers of Dr. Dampeer.
Peter LeCompte
March 19, 2015
I had the honor of working with Dr. Dampeer, from 1983-1992 at South La. Medical Center, I was in the respiratory department, and as a new therapist; Dr. Dampeer was always kind to me, and saw I wanted to learn. He was a mentor to me, and my fellow therapists. I will never forget you. May you Rest in Peace.
Peter LeCompte
March 19, 2015
So DR. Dampeer & I shared many cherished moments in both the Dr's lounge, & the surgical suites @ SLMC. One day He tells me, "You know Russ, if you live long enough, something's likely to get ya', and if you live long enough and nothin' gets ya' and you die, then they say that you died of "natural causes"... so what in the hell constitutes "natural causes" and why the hell should it kill you? I can only imagine the negotiations that transpired at the "Pearly Gates"! I loved and respected Dr. Dampeer... He touched and influenced many lives! Godspeed John Dampeer... Russ
March 18, 2015
I had the honor of working with Dr. Dampeer in 1985- 1991. Great memories and awesome experience working with such a talented, and smart, dedicated Chief of Staff of the Operating Room at South Louisiana
Medical Center. My condolences to the family. May God Bless You And Those you Hold Dearest To Your Heart, Now And Forever.
Lemora Elliot
March 18, 2015
Will miss Him. Still see him getting off his motorcycle behind the ER. Respectable, kind and a friend. Praying for family/Ms. Millie.
Lois-Xray Watkins
March 17, 2015
Prayers to Dr. Dampeer's family. He was a wonderful person to work with. He will be sadly missed.
Jo Ann Stevens
March 16, 2015
Great guy to work with - excellent surgeon. Prayers for you, Millie, and your family. Libbi Moore (ICU RN)
Libbi Moore
March 16, 2015
Simply put, he was my greatest mentor and a true hero. So many hours spent in the OR saving lives and limbs. He was funny, tenacious, and indomitable. I am blessed to have known him.
Britt Tonnessen
March 15, 2015
Condolences to the family of this fine man. He will be remembered as a wonderful family man, our neighbor, and compassionate doctor. R.I.P.
Pamela Duncan Flesher
March 14, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Dampeer's passing. I sincerely enjoyed working with him at Chabert. He was very compassionate towards his patients and provided them with outstanding care. He was truly an inspiration to me. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace
Sally Thibodeaux
March 14, 2015
To all of Dr. Dampeer's family, my most sincere condolences to you all. Dr. Dampeer was greatly admired and loved by my family. He saved so many people with his skill as a surgeon. Donna Swanson
Donna Swanson
March 14, 2015
Gosh what a legacy Dr Dampeer left...as a young nurse I worked with Dr Dampeer in Kermit Texas and he took care of so many patients in West Texas...I stood in awe of him always....a finer surgeon you will never find. blessings to the family
Peggy Gotcher Carlson
March 14, 2015
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