Ben Kampf of Kalispell passed away peacefully with a smile on his face and his loving family by his side, Nov. 22, at Kalispell Health Center, as the result of an accident.
Ben was born Aug. 25, 1923, in a sod house on the family homestead near Laredo, Mont. He was the 10th of 13 children born to German-Russian immigrant parents, Samuel and Christina Boschee Kampf. He attended country elementary school in Laredo and Havre High School. He was an all-state running back as a member of the Havre Blue Ponies who won the 1941, Class A state championship.
During World War II, he enlisted in the...