Obituary: Hall of Fame member Herman Kampsen
January 2, 2020
Herman A. Kampsen, 95, of Elrosa, died Monday, December 30, 2019, at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Burial will be at a later date. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade.
Herman Anthony Kampsen was born on March 4, 1924, in Elrosa, the son of Bernard and Katherine (Petermeier) Kampsen. He was raised on the family farm where he received his education in Elrosa. At the age of 17, Herman started his own farm in Elrosa.
On September 24, 1946, Herman was united in marriage to Delores Hess, at St Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. This union was blessed with six boys and five girls. The family made their home on Herman's farm near Elrosa.
Herman was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. He was active there in the choir. Herman loved singing. He was in many bands over the years most notably the Country Cruisers and Herman and the Rosetones. Herman was honored to sing with Johnny Cash at Cornstock Fest in 1989. Herman's other passion was baseball. He started playing when he was 14 and played until the age of 52. On September 18, 1982, Herman was inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame, and on June 1, 2007, he was inducted into the Elrosa Hall of Fame. Herman was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with family and friends and telling stories.
Herman A. Kampsen died December 30, 2019, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Delores; children: Margie (John) Bacis of Venice, FL, Tom (Anne) Kampsen of Belgrade, Kay Kampsen of Chaska, Kenny Kampsen (friend Jenny) of Belgrade, Mike (Kathy) Kampsen of New London, Karen (Tom) Goerger of Cold Spring, Dave (Kim) Kampsen of Rogers, Joyce (Keith) Haider of Rice, Danny (fiancé Mary) Kampsen of Brooten, and Amy (Kris) Kampsen of Brooklyn Park; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Herman is also survived by his siblings: Ron (Jan) Kampsen of South Lyon, MI, Verena (Joe) Olmscheid of Belgrade, Loretta Meyer of Melrose, and Marcella Burns of Clarissa; and many nieces and nephews.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy Kampsen; brothers: Fr. Fred Kampsen, Henry Kampsen, Norbert Kampsen, Clarence Kampsen, Edwin Kampsen and infant brother, Herman Kampsen; and his sisters: Nora Salmond, Rose Yarke, and infant sister, Lorreta Kampsen.