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Dr. David Lee Kampschroer
  • August 06, 1940
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  • February 17, 2015

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  1. Kathy Davy-Bathurst says:
    26 Feb 2015
    Wish we would have seen each other during all these past years. All I remember are 7th and 8th grade at the Artic across from the Municipal pool, Fun Days.

  2. Roger Bates/California says:
    21 Feb 2015
    David and I go back to the middle 50s. He, I and David Erickson joined the La Crosse Boy Scout Drum & Bugle Corps. We lived close to each other and often went to practice together. David was an accomplished drummer for the scouts and I on a soprano bugle. We played for several years with the corps. and helped play some with the American Legion and VFW corps. in town. David was a year behind me at Central High School, but we were good friends. He will certainly be missed. My sympathy to his family. He was a special person.

  3. Carrie Haven says:
    20 Feb 2015
    What a beautiful obituary about a man who was a wonderful dad to my dear friend Kelli. To read that he started teaching in Beloit (where I did)and that he ended in Waukesha (where my niece and nephew attend) is touching. He has certainly touched many lives along his journey.

  4. Karen Munns says:
    20 Feb 2015
    Thoughts and prayers go out to Barb, Kelli, Kim, Kristen & your families. Dave was such a dynamic person who was respected by pretty much anyone who knew him. I met Dave in my first days with the Blue Stars in 1968. I didn't realize it at the time, but when he became the Blue Stars director, he was only in his upper twenties. I was 18 & I guess he didn't seem that young, because I didn't think that someone that young could have so many responsibilities and be in charge of 130 kids, young adults, & staff...along with raising a young family and holding down a full time job 'on the side'! The 8 years that I marched & taught are some of the best in my life & it was because Dave stepped up to the plate to take the directorship of the Blue Stars when he was asked. He, and Barb by standing with & sharing him with us, affected thousands of lives. I have so many memories of those times...most are of those who I marched with, but also of how Dave backed us up & treated all of us "kids" with respect. We knew what he expected of us & we always did our best to deliver. None of us marching in 1969 will ever forget his Geneseo speech after the drum corps show, giving us inspiration to go on after disappointing scores. Through out the years, it took me a long time to figure out why there were so many people in the stands that I didn't know but were wearing Blue Star jackets. About 10 years ago, it dawned on me that there were 40 years of Blue Stars alumni roaming the world. And now there are 50 years worth! Thanks to Dave, there are many people who have had their lives enriched because of marching in or staffing the Blue Stars and other drum corps. Dave brought the Blue Stars to the forefront of the drum corps world and through his & others' insight and hard work, DCI was born. Dave was more than a mentor to us, he was a friend. As we learned in Blue Stars, Finis Coronat Opus, the end crowns the work. We are all better people because of our involvement in corps & we have Dave to thank for that. As he expressed so eloquently himself, he wanted his life to not be a brief candle, but a splendid torch that burns as brightly as possible before handing it off to future generations. He did that indeed...and his life is an excellent example for all to live by and learn from!

  5. Billy Happel says:
    19 Feb 2015
    What else can I say about the man that everyone else already knows. With all that I can think of what to say about David,...the one thing that I will always remember is,...He made me laugh, he made me smile. He had more quick one liners than Rodney Dangerfield. Two that I will never forget, both happened at DCI Finals where Kathy and I assisted David with the Hall of Fame duties, which for us was basically being ushers. One young person jumped in a seat and David asked him if he had a ticket. The kid told him he had a wristband. David responded,"That wristband and a quarter will get you a hot dog, move on". The other, again asking a kid if he had a ticket, and the person got a bit testy with David, words were exchanged and finally the kid asked David,"Who are you anyway?" I told Kathy, "LOOKOUT !!" David's first words to him were,..."Your first problem is you don't know who the *&$# I am." I think I wet myself laughing. I will miss his banter. I will miss him. All our love to Boo and family.

  6. Kathryn LeMahieu Roeder says:
    19 Feb 2015
    You all have my deepest sympathy and the loss of Dr. K. My favorite memory of Dr. K is years after I marched Blue Stars. Probably around 2007 I found myself at a pre-show practice and there, of course, was Dr. K. I hadn't seen him since 1977 and I had, like most of us, changed significantly. On impulse I walked up to the man who had always been bigger than life to me and started with "I'm sure you don't remember me, but..." to which he stopped me and said "Of course I do! You were from the Sheboygan side!" Then he came very close to remembering my complete name! I was shocked and thanked him for remembering me. His reply? "I always remember the good ones." I can't tell you how much that meant to me, but that's just the kind of dynamic, caring person he was. What a great life he led and what a tremendous impact he made on so many!

  7. Mark Duerwaechter says:
    19 Feb 2015
    On behalf of the Kaukauna Area School District, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family. Cherish the blessings from David's life and his memories.
    Sincerely, KASD

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