Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, dies

Herbert R. Lamppa, 88, of Tower, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.
He was born on December 11, 1929, the son of Richard and Rose (Rapinoja) Lamppa, in Embarrass, where he grew up.
Herb was united in marriage to Edna Hiltunen on January 24, 1948 in Vermilion Township. They made their home in Tower, where he and Edna owned and operated the Tower Dairy for over 25 years.
He served on the Tower city council, served four terms as mayor of Tower, three terms as county commissioner, established Lamppa Manufacturing and was a math teacher for 19 ½ years.
During his over 32 years in public service, Herb had the foresight to spearhead the harbor project, obtain IRRRB funding for the current charter school building, ran water and sewer lines for future development of the new industrial park, along with infrastructure improvements throughout Tower, obtained funding for the Tower Civic Center, the housing developments, both at the cemetery and the North hillside addition and the initial expansion of both Hoodoo Point and at the airport.
During his years of teaching math, he helped implement the hands on Piaget math program which spread to many school districts throughout the state. He also was head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach in Tower.
Herb was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, National Teachers Association, Seaway Port Authority board for 12 years, JPTA for 12 years and the Gunderson Forest board for 12 years.
He is survived by his children: Faye (Nick) Tekautz of Soudan, Daryl (Cheryl) Lamppa of Lake Vermilion, Gayle (Philip) Lamppa of Chicago, Randall (Sharon) Lamppa of Texarkana, Arkansas and Steve (Sonja) Lamppa of Duluth; grandchildren: Brendon Lamppa, Garret Lamppa, Blaine Lamppa, Andrea Vlaminck, Lindsey Lamppa, Delia Durfee and Reese Lamppa; step-grandchildren: Pamela McMahon, Keith and Craig Nelson; great-grandchildren: Taimi Lamppa, Henry and Elizabeth Vlaminck, Weston and Everett Durfee; brothers, Roger (Joan) Lamppa of Virginia and Fred (Karen) Lamppa of Britt; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 70 years, Edna Lamppa; sisters, Flora Koivisto and Kathleen Janeksela; brothers: Raymond, Bernhardt and Francis Lamppa.
A Celebration of Life for Herb will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, with Pastor Liz Cheney officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral home of Virginia.