Kenneth Kamphuis

Date of Death: Dec 03, 2020
Kenneth Kamphuis

1947 - 2020

Kenneth “Kampy” D. Kamphuis, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec 3, 2020 at his home following a battle with cancer.

Ken was born on August 13, 1947 to Gordon and Esther (Rens) Kamphuis. He was a 1965 graduate of Waupun High School. Ken served with the Army National Guard for 6 years. He began working at The State Bank of Waupun during his senior year of high school and continued his banking career through the transitions of becoming First Interstate and Norwest Bank. He furthered his banking education by attending the Graduate School of Banking at UW Madison. After 25 years in banking, he became a Sales Rep for HA Batchelder and Son in 1990. Shortly after that, he bought the business and continued until 2009 at which time he retired. Ken was united in marriage to Janice Houdek on April 27, 1968 and they were blessed with 2 children.
Ken was well known throughout the community for his business skills, his generosity and being a friend to all. He was a former member and past president of the Waupun Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He served on the Waupun Christmas Club for many years. He was past president and served on various committees at The Rock River Country Club. He was a faithful, active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waupun where he served on many committees and a longstanding member of the ushering team. When his children were young, he enjoyed going to all their sporting events. He was a coach for his son’s little league team for a number of years. Since that time, he loved watching his grandchildren play football, hockey, soccer and basketball. When not watching them, he could be found at RRCC playing a round of golf with his friends. He absolutely loved the game of golf and constantly strived for perfection (sometimes too hard). He was proud of the fact that he could say he won the Club Championship, The Senior Championship and the Super Senior Championship. Each year he and Jan would spend a few winter months in Arizona or Florida to get away from the snow and cold to enjoy golf. He also enjoyed going on yearly golf outings with his golf buddies and with Jan and other couples. They were fortunate to have been able to visit many states across the US, including Hawaii, Alaska and take cruises with friends and family. He also enjoyed watching his “old” country western shows, following the stock market (constantly), his daily coffee run and ride around town. Ken always took pride in a perfect lawn.

Ken will be deeply missed by his wife of 52 years; Janice, his son Kurt (Christine) Kamphuis, grandchildren, Cole and Kacy; his daughter Pamela (Corey) Flier, grandchildren Meghan and Ryan. Sisters; Carol (Elton) Hopp, Colleen (Duane) Bille, Brothers; Richard (Charlene) Kamphuis and Gordie (Debbie) Kamphuis, Sister in law Karen (Dan) Sauer and Brother in law, Martin (Vicki) Houdek and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a grandson Koby and granddaughter Kassandra.


Friends and relatives may call on family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Please follow COVID-19 guidelines with masks and social distancing.


Funeral services for Ken Kamphuis will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Alto Reformed Church with Pastor Gwen Loomans officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

In lieu of flowers

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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  1. Trina Boersma Says: December 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    So sorry to hear. I always enjoyed talking to Ken at the gym. In my thoughts and prayers??

  2. Jim Quick Says: December 4, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Jim and Patsy Quick

  3. Karen Pollock Says: December 4, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Janice and family, our sympathies to you. So sorry to hear this. I will always remember him as the BEST loan officer ever!!!

  4. Helen Schouten Says: December 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Janice so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family ?

  5. Michael Swisher Says: December 4, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Kenny was a good teammate and all around nice guy…a fine man. My deepest sympathy and warmest regards to Janice and family.

  6. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: December 4, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  7. Nola Pahl Says: December 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about Ken. I will always remember him at the bank. Whenever he ran into problems with a closing he would either call me or run over. SOMETIMES WE WOULD DO THE PAPERWORK AHEAD OF TIME. hE THOUGHT THE WORLD OF Jan and the children. He was a real asset to the bank.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Nola Pahl

  8. Kay Wilkinson Sheppard Says: December 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    My deepest condolences to Janice and family. May precious memories sustain you through these difficult times.

  9. Christine Core Says: December 4, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Janice and kids so sorry for your loss. Ken was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Jim & Carla Petersen Says: December 4, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Ken will be missed. I always enjoyed working with him at the bank. Praying for all of you, he has found peace. God be with you through this difficult time.

  11. Toni Qualmann Says: December 5, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Pam.

  12. Tim Meekma Says: December 5, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Ken was a wonderful classmate, friend, and great basketball teammate. Will always remember Ken in many special ways. My prayers go to his family for strength and perseverance in this difficult time.

  13. curt powell Says: December 5, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Dear Janie, Kurt, and the entire Kamphuis family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Ken (Kampy) was such a good guy and good friend. He constantly carried our team of classmates at the annual Lou Pluim Memorial and made it fun…..both during and after!

    I am very happy that I could reconnect with Kampy after we relocated back to the area! He will be missed by all but not forgotten by any!

    Take Care,

    Curt & Diana Powell

  14. Skip and Monica Baumhardt Says: December 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Jan and kids,our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  15. Curt Powell Says: December 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Janice, Kurt and family we’re so sorry for your loss. Kampy will be missed by all but forgotten by none.

  16. Marilyn (Zielinski) Jewell Says: December 7, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I was a classmate of Ken’s at WHS. I moved away from Waupun but when it came time to divest of our family home and savings, I will never forget Ken, as a State Bank representative, providing professional and caring services at a time of transition for my family. Ken was so deserving of the happy successful life he led. I offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  17. Greg and Sharon Lueck Says: December 7, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Janice, Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family. Ken was a wonderful guy, always enjoyed meeting up with folks at the club and spending time together. You have been and continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Bette Leu Says: December 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I am going to miss seeing Ken at church. He was such a super nice guy.
    My sympathy to Jan and kids for your loss.

  19. Roger Karsten Says: December 7, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I will miss Kampy at the golf course. We spent a lot of time together at the practice range trying to get it just right. I will be remembering you in my prayers.

  20. Ron and Pat Bruesch Says: December 8, 2020 at 8:25 am

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies. We pray that God will lift you during this most difficult time.

  21. Milford Hopp Says: December 8, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Janice: We would like offer our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.
    It was a pleasure to usher with Ken all those years at Immanuel.
    God Bless !!
    Milford and Pat Hopp

  22. Sue Stevens Says: December 11, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Janice and Family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family! I knew Ken through brother Tim, of course, and always thought he was such a great guy!
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I loved watching your family video and admire the apparent love you all shared!
    Love and prayers for your days ahead,

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