William R. Lamppa, age 92 of Embarrass died Friday, December 12, 2020 in Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born April 11, 1928 in Embarrass, the son of William E. and Helen (Sipola) Lamppa; was a graduate of Embarrass high school and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Minnesota – Duluth. Bill served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He married Shirley A. Stafford on March 27, 1956. Bill was employed as a social worker for St. Louis County and Hennepin County. He authored three poetry books, enjoyed cross country skiing, writing, reading and loved to drive the back roads of Embarrass. In his younger days, he boxed, won county high school basketball championships; and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping with his Dad and younger brother. Bill enjoyed spirited conversations and sharing his thoughts via the local editorial pages.
Bill is survived by his sons: Jason (Kirsten) Lamppa of St. Paul and Clayton Lamppa of Embarrass; grandson: Joshua Lamppa; extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Shirley; brother: Marvin Lamppa and sister: Carol Koska.
Private inurnment will take place in the Embarrass Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Tower Area Food Shelf or the ACLU.
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