William “Bill” Henry Pamp of Tracy passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall, Minnesota. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 24 at Tracy United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. Masonic service, followed by a prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Custer Township, rural Tracy. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
William H. Pamp was born April 25, 1923, in Huron, SD, to Carl and Elsie (Williams) Pamp. In 1937, his family moved to Minnesota to manage a farm west of Slayton. Bill married Dorthey Evans on February 14, 1942, in Tracy. He and Dorthey then farmed near Slayton, but later moved to the Evans’ homestead where they farmed until he passed. The Evans’ homestead has been an active family farm since it was settled in 1868. During their early years, Bill and Dorthey were active square dancers. Bill started working for the Lyon County Soil Conservation Service in 1955 where he worked as a Soil Technician for 35 years. On the farm, Bill and Dorthey raised award winning Columbia sheep and Chester White hogs. Bill was a life-long Master Mason and past master of Tracy Lodge #155 as well as a member of Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, and Shrine. He was a 50-year member of Eastern Star and the Masons. Bill received the Masonic Hiram Award, which is a tribute to Brothers who devote themselves, their time, and their talents above and beyond the typical requirements of Freemasonry. Bill was an avid deer hunter and storyteller. He passed on his love of the land, pride in his animals, and his involvement in Masonry to his family.
Bill died on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall, MN. He was 91-years-old.
Bill is survived by his wife, Dorthey, Tracy, MN; sister, Kathy John, Chicago, IL; son, Douglas (Melanie) Pamp, Garvin, MN; grandchildren: Carl Pamp, Jason Pamp, Benjamin Pamp, Sarah (David) Brakke; great grandchildren: Lana and Boden Pamp. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, four sisters, and son Charles Pamp.