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Francis “Pete” Leroy Lamppa

09/07/1934 - 09/08/2018

Francis “Pete” Leroy Lamppa, 84, passed away Sept. 8, 2018 at Carefree Living in Virginia, MN. A memorial gathering will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, MN on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Francis was born on Sept. 7, 1934 in Biwabik, MN to Richard and Rose M. Lamppa. Francis graduated from Embarrass High School in 1952, received his BS in Education from U of MN Duluth in 1956, and MS in Education Administration from U of MN in 1964. Francis spent the first six years of his career teaching and coaching baseball in Tower-Soudan, MN. In 1962, he became the elementary principal in Kasson, MN, and then returned to the Iron Range to serve as the elementary principal in Babbitt, MN for 12 years. In 1975, he became the superintendent in Biwabik, MN, where he remained until retirement in 1987. Francis married Patricia Blakeney, Duluth, MN in 1956. Together they had five children before divorcing in 1990. The remainder of his life Francis spent with his special friend Mary Prijatel, Ely, MN. He loved to fish, canoe, create driftwood artwork and spend time at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion. He also loved to play golf and baseball, and always enjoyed listening to the Twins on the radio. In Francis’s words; “Be good, be kind, and take care.”

He is survived by his friend Mary Prijatel of Ely, sons Reid (Terry) of Waskish, MN, and Kerry (Holly) of Albuquerque, NM, daughters Stacey Lamppa of St. Louis, MO, Stefanie (Dan) Olson of Duluth, MN, and Darcie (Robert) Clark of Charleston, SC; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and brothers Herbert Lamppa of Tower, MN, Roger (Joan) Lamppa of Virginia, MN, and Fred (Karen) Lamppa of Britt, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rose, brothers Raymond and Bernie, and sisters Flora and Kathleen.

4 thoughts on “Francis “Pete” Leroy Lamppa”

  1. Betty Blair Klemensich says:

    My first principal and one of the best “bosses” I ever had in my 44 yr of teaching in the Babbitt/Embarrass school. Mr. Lamppa was always supporting and wanting the best for all the students & his teachers in our school. The local school board at that time made a big mistake not hiring him to become their Supt. of schools for Babbitt/Embarrass!! R.I.P. “Pete”! You deserve the rest!!

  2. Patricia Heikkila says:

    Mr. Lamppa was my sixth grade teacher in Soudan Elementary school. He was a great teacher and always treated every fairly. Patricia Hanka

  3. Kim A. Janeksela says:

    Uncle Francis will always be remembered as a caring and kind Uncle. I recall him bringing my sister, Bethene and I for a stays at his home in Babbitt; enjoying the time playing with my cousins. His kindness even extended to taking my sister in to live with his family while my mother was hospitalized. Thank you for your care and kindness for your sister’s kids. May your spirit live on in each of us….”Be good, be kind, and take care”. Love…one of those kids, Kim Janeksela

  4. Uncle Francis will always be remembered for his caring and kindness. As a child I can recall the times he would bring my sister, Bethene, and I to spend the weekend with his family in Babbitt; I enjoyed the time playing with my cousins. His caring extended to taking my sister in to live with his family while my mother (his sister) was hospitalized. May each of us continue in his spirit…”be good, be kind and take care.” Thank you Uncle Francis from one his sisters kids…..Kim Janeksela

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09/25/2018 at 11:00 am
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