Melvin Kamtz - September 28, 2009Former Hampton resident Melvin W. Kamtz, 88, of Loveland, Colo., died Monday, Sept. 28 at Berthoud Living Center.
A memorial service was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland on Sunday.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1921 to Charles and Alma Kamtz on the family farm near Hampton.
He attended Zion Parochial Elementary School and graduated from Hampton High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942.
He married Donna Hansen in 1944. He was discharged from the military in 1946 and the couple went back to farm in Nebraska.
In his spare time, he built and repaired machinery and did carpentry work, building new homes and remodels. He farmed until 1966 when he moved the family to Loveland, Colo. where he worked in construction, building single family homes. He also built all of their furniture for their own home and was always doing projects for the family.
In 1980, he retired and they moved to Mesa, Ariz. where he played golf, tennis and did remodel projects for others. They moved back to Loveland in 1990 to be near their family.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on many boards and was the senior choir director for several years. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion.
He loved participating and watching sports. He was the Nebraska state tennis champion in high school, and a member of the basketball team that won the state championship. He also enjoyed softball and golf. He was an excellent tenor. Other joys were traveling in their RV and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Dan) Metzler and husband Dan of Midwest City, Okla.; four sons, Russell (Carol) Kamtz, Robert (Carolyn) Kamtz, James (Stephanie) Kamtz, all of Loveland and Jeffrey (Kristina) Kamtz of Gilbert, Ariz.; sister, Janelle Klouda; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, one sister and one grandchild.
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