In Memorium

Major Otto H. Kampe

13 NOV 2005

  Retired U.S. Air Force Major Otto H. Kampe of Gainesville died Sunday after a lengthy struggle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 71.

  Mr. Kampe was born in Philadelphia and moved to Gainesville more than 30 years ago. He attended Drexel University. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, serving in Vietnam. He received several medals, including the Bronze Star. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, he received a masterís degree in business administration from the University of Florida and began Kampe Real Estate Appraisals. He owned and presided over the company until his retirement in 1998.

  He was a former member of the Appraisal Institute; a Senior Residential Appraiser; a Certified Commercial Investment member and member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America, the Central Florida Miata Club and the Florida Springs Unit of the WBCCI Airstream Association. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their RV across the United States, Mexico, Belize and Canada.

  Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Jackson Kampe of Gainesville; a son, Edward Allen Hayes of Prosperity, S.C.; daughters Debi Dian Kunkel of Bradenton and Kelly Kampe Marlin of Gainesville and Belize; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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