Dr. Rufus Nestor Lampi

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  • Name: Dr. Rufus Nestor Lampi
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 15, 1920
  • Date of Death: April 14, 1982 (61 years old)
  • Parents: Nestor and Lempi Lampi
  • High School and Class: Nashwauk High School, Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    1943 - University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • Highest Rank: CPT (Captain)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: May 30, 1953
  • Place Sworn In: San Antonio, Texas
  • Date of Discharge: May 30, 1955
  • Place of Discharge: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    July, 1953 June, 1954 Camp Rucker, Alabama
    June, 1954 May, 1955 Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    Dr. R. N. Lampi was a Grand Rapids, Minnesota dentist and community leader.

    He completed the University of Minnesota Dental School in December, 1943.

    He was married to Mary Hetland in February, 1943.

    A former trustee of Community Presbyterian Church, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Dr. Lampi was a charter member and past president of the Itasca County Finnish Club and a charter member of Sons of Norway Nordstjernen Lodge. He was past president of the Cap Baker Lions Club, past master of Itasca Lodge No. 208, AF & AM, a charter member of the North Star Shrine Cycle Patrol, and a member of Aad Temple Shrine Chanters. He was active in Jephthah Chapter No. 176, Order of Eastern Star. He was commander of the American Legion Post while living in Bovey, Minnesota.

    Dr. Lampi was a member of the American Legion, the Itasca Dental Society, Northeast District Dental and Minnesota State and American Dental Associations. He belonged to Psi Omega Dental Fraternity.

    Dr. Lampi opened his first dental office in Bovey, Minnesota in February, 1944, and moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1948. He retired in February, 1981.

    Survivors are his wife, Mary; a son, Dr. Lauren Lampi; and daughter Mrs. John (Sharon) Amann; and four grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-E-30-08)

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