SHEFFIELD LAKE - Joseph W. Kampfer Sr., 80, a long-time resident of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Mercy Regional Hospital in Lorain after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 30, 1933, in Elkton, Ohio.
Joseph was an U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Korea from 1951-1955. He was employed in the automotive industry for the Ford Plant in Avon Lake for 36 years, retiring in 2004. Joseph was a member of UAW Local 2000-Avon Lake and in his spare time he enjoyed working on cars, motorcycles and lawn mowers.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet (nee Woodburn); children, Cheryl (Dominick) Tardio of Lorain, Patricia (Michael) Basso of Sheffield Lake, Joseph Kampfer Jr. of Lorain, James (Kathy) Kampfer of Sheffield Lake, Michael (Deborah) Kampfer of Lorain; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois (Charles) Dickey of Lisbon, Ohio, and Cora (John) Oana of Salem, Ohio; and stepbrother, John (Shirley) Clark of Summitville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Paul Kampfer; and his parents, Erwin and Anna (nee Armstrong).
At the request of the family, a private service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.
Memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, Va. 22312; American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214; or American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Road, #260, Independence, Ohio 44131.
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