Remembering Gary L. Lamphere

By Allie Jarrell
Mason News staff writer

Life-long Mason resident Gary Lamphere died Nov.13, 2010, at age 73. Lamphere was born to Celand LeVelle and Maxine Lamphere on Sept. 30, 1937, and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith Lamphere. He enjoyed seeing his family and friends often, and was very active in the Mason community throughout his life.

Lamphere owned Lamphere Brothers Builders, a business that goes back several generations in his family. He was often helping to build and expand homes and stores in the Mason area. Lamphere was also a member of the Mason City Council, Kiwanis Club, First United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America.

Lamphere enjoyed following the MSU women’s basketball team, collecting trains, and working on construction projects, like building a cabin near Grayling, Mich.

“That would have to be one of my favorite memories of him — helping build the cabin,” said Kait Lamphere, his granddaughter. “Before the cabin was even thought of, my family and I used to visit my grandfather and grandmother at their up-north property. We would stay in their motor home, and I would always wake up to the smell of my grandfather making pancakes and eggs on the small gas stove.”

Lamphere is survived by his wife Judith, son LaValle Lamphere, daughter Wendy Qualls, siblings Gale Lamphere and Sally Kellogg, grandchildren Kait Lamphere and Jonathan Case, and several nieces and nephews.

A service was held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Mason, 201 E. Ash St., followed by burial, which took place in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home website.

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