Dale Arthur Lamphear:
Born in Wausau, Wisconsin of April 26th, 1926 and passed on December 14, 2022.
Welcoming Dale Lamphear to his heavenly home are his parents Neil and Olive (McCormick)
Lamphear, four sisters Dorothy Sternberg, Ethel Syvertson, Margaret Lamphear, Jeanette
Schmidt and a brother George Lamphier
He joined the United States Navy in 1943 at the age 17. He served in WWII aboard the battleship USS
Pennsylvania (BB38) in the South Pacific where he was an anti-aircraft gunner. He saw action
at Saipan, Guam, the Philippines and many other islands. It is reported that his battleship fired
the most shells of any ship during that war. He survived many kamikaze and bombing attacks ,
and on the last day of the war, the “Pennsy,” was torpedoed and almost sunk.
Following his discharge in 1946 , he returned to Wausau and met his wife and love of 74 ½
years, Emma Weisser. He attended the Gale Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he learned
the art of telegraphy and accounting. They drove out to Montana in 1949 (reportedly one of the
coldest Montana winters on record) where he worked for the Great Northern Railroad, which
later became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, for 37 yrs. He worked as a Depot Agent in
several small towns on the “High Line” before landing at Plentywood for 17 years. There, he
was elected to the city council and was Mayor for 7 years.
The decline of the railroads facilitated moves to Williston, NorthDakota, Miles City, and finally to
Laurel, where he retired in 1987 .
Dale was a very well respected, honorable and a kind man. He was always a help to his family,
friends and neighbors, and was known ( and in demand) as a good dancer, Dale had a great voice,
tickled the piano keys a little, could manage a couple polkas on the accordion and could ice
skate circles around you in those younger years. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and
tinkering at his workbench trying to fix and re-purpose, instead of discarding the imperfect.
Like so many of “The Greatest Generation,” he started with little and accomplished much. A
longtime volunteer at the S.E.G.Credit Union, chairman of supervisory committees, long standing
member and commander for the VFW, honor guard, post treasurer and always available to help
He is survived by his wife, Emma, their 5 children; Dale Jr. (Victoria) of Phoenix, AZ, Rodney
(Beth) of Bozeman,, Debra (Scott Smith ) of Missoula, Lori (Eric Anderson ) Boise, ID
and Mike (Kim) of Laurel; along with 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
"Dad, you’ve earned the respect of your friends and peers, and forever have the love of your family.
You are greatly missed and will be remembered. There is nothing else you need do here. Be at
peace and know you left this world a better place. We will take it from here. God speed...".
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A Memorial Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held 10:00 am Monday April 3, 2023 at Yellowstone National Cemetery with a reception to follow at St. Anthony's Catholic Church fellowship hall.