In Memory of

Bruce I. Lamport

February 5, 1926 - October 31, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Bruce I. Lamport

Bruce I. Lamport

Born: February 5, 1926
Died: October 31, 2020
Age: 94

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On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Bruce I. Lamport, loving husband and father of four, passed away peacefully at the age of 94.  Bruce was born on February 5, 1926 in Sioux City, Iowa to Irl Ross Lamport and Agnes Sharp Lamport.  In 1944 he graduated from Sioux City’s East High School.  After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Accounting and Psychology from Morningside College in Sioux City.

     Bruce was preceded in death by both his father, Irl, and mother, Agnes, as well as by their first child, Irwin Robert, who passed away shortly after birth.  Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lorraine; brother, Pastor Gene Lamport (Nancy); daughter, Lynda Lamport (Louis Wright); daughter, Nancy Sieh (Jim); son, William Bruce Lamport (Rochelle); daughter, Kay Lamport; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

     Before and during college, Bruce spent time as a meat cutter.  After graduating, this experience led him to a burgeoning sales career with Armour & Co., where he sold meat products for almost a decade.  From there, Bruce moved from selling meat to serving it as he became a restaurant worker, and later, the general manager and part-owner of Stub’s Ranch Kitchen in Spencer, Iowa.  For 38 years he served the people of Spencer and northwest Iowa in this role.  As a man of principle and tireless perfectionist, Bruce worked to ensure everyone had the best experience possible when eating at Stub’s.  He loved people and had a gift for making others feel wanted and important.  He supported The Sunshine Center by always hiring their residents to work at Stub’s.  In addition, Bruce served his community in various capacities over the years.  He was a charter member of the Spencer Ambassadors, part of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Fair Booster Committee and a member of the Clay County Fair Board for 30 years.  He also sat on the board for Farmer’s Trust and Savings Bank, was a part of the Clay County Veteran’s Affairs Commission, received Jaycees Boss of the Year award in 1983, and served on the Spencer Historic Preservation Commission.  Bruce had a passion for teaching others and working with youth.  He was an Iowa Hunter Safety Instructor for almost 20 years and took time to give back as leader with the Boy Scouts of America for over a decade.

     An avid outdoorsman with over 50 years of hunting under his boots, Bruce spent much of his free time chasing waterfowl, turkey and deer.  If he could describe his ideal day, it would consist of black coffee and cookies for breakfast; long underwear, a hunting jacket, waders and hand warmers (just so we didn’t have to hear him complain); and a 12 gauge in his lap, sitting in the duck blind watching the sunrise with his best friends, Dick and Vern, his son, Bill, oldest grandson, Chad, along with all of his other grandchildren by his side.

     Bruce will be remembered for his various quips and quotes.  He was a man of many words, often telling stories with such intricate detail that you felt you were with him in the exact time and place he was articulating.  Bruce loved woodworking and had a passion for black and white photography.   In retirement, he built his own dark room and won contests with his nature landscape photos.

     He lived his life with purpose, always leading by example and selflessly giving of himself and his time.  He loved his family and took pride in his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him and would ask you not to mourn his passing but to honor his life by sharing memories and laughter.

 

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:

 

Clay County Ducks Unlimited

603 East 17th Street

Spencer, IA 51301

Or

Clay County Conservation Board

420 10th Ave. S.E.

Spencer, IA 51301

SERVICES
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Spring for those who would like to pay their respects.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:46 AM
“We have had bunches of talks, laughs and stories with Bruce. Many about Lorraine, the kids and grand kids. Many about hunting and some about how to back up the boat into the area beside the garage. :) Sorry Bruce, had to mention that. We are going to miss the talks, smiles, jokes and everything you shared with us. Lorraine and family, we are so sorry for your loss. ”
- Fae & Mark Lykke
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM
“Lamport family, we are so sorry to read about Bruce. It was always fun to run into Bruce and have a little visit. Our thoughts are with all of you!!”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Dear Lorraine and Family, We are sorry for your loss of Bruce. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless and watch over you. Mike and Mary”
- Mike and Mary Monroe
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:47 AM
“He will be missed on the marsh. Rest easy ”
- Blake Diekmann
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:47 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Lamport Family. Great Guy, Great Boss. RIP, Bruce.”
- Brenda Boyer
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:07 AM
“My heart breaks for the entire family! Bruce was a terrific guy & always treated everyone with kindness. May he REST IN PEACE!”
- Chapman David
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a Great guy to work for and just be around. He always had some story to tell us on long nights at the Ranch. He will be missed.”
- Mike and Renee Juza
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“Sympathy and Prayers to all.....
- Rev. Paul D. Bormann
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“At the age of 14, Bruce gave me my first real job at Stubs Ranch Kitchen. He taught me a lot about the working world and made it fun to come to work. he always had the highest respect for his employee's. To the entire Lamport Family, may the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you with peace. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Doug Alger
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“So sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed our chats when he would come into the bank.”
- Christin Lee
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:33 PM
“So many memories of Bruce and his smile through the years both at home, Stubs and the Fair! What a great life to celebrate. Best Wishes to you all.”
- Judy (Soule) Linquist
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:47 AM
“Lynda, Sorry for your family's loss. It certainly looks like he lived a full and enjoyable life.”
- Bob Hansen
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 2:37 PM
“Loraineand family. We were so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a dear friend and great boss. Hugs and prayers you g your way. Bill and Bonnie Welle.”
- Bill and Bonnie Welle
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:57 AM
“Lamport Family: So sorry for your loss - Bruce was a wonderful person in and out! Bruce will be missed.”
- Becky & Mike Hatting
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:57 AM
“To the Lamport family, my sincerest condolences to you all. I also worked for Bruce at Stub's. What a wonderful man and mentor he was. Fond memories abound. GOD SPEED, Bruce!”
- Bill Campion
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:57 AM
“My condolences. I enjoyed working with Bruce on the Farmers Bank board over the years.”
- Martha Easter-Wells
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:40 AM
“A great man that will be greatly missed!!! Many great memories growing up listening to Bruce tell stories and as a young adult/adult getting to work with Bruce!!! He holds a special place in many peoples hearts including mine and forever will!! Prayers and sympathy for the family and all others during this difficult time!! ❤️”
- Jenn Lange
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:39 AM
“Lynda and family - May God give you peace and wisdom as you mourn the loss of your loved one from this earth.”
- Mike and Karen Nablo
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“We are so sorry. We send our love, hugs and prayers that you will find peace in the memories. Bruce was not only a great husband and father he was actively involved in the community and touched so many in such a positive way! ”
- Wendy and Doug McMullen
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Kay and Family, We are heartbroken with you in the loss of your sweet Daddy. He truly was an amazing man, and I am blessed to have known him. I loved visiting with him at St. Luke. I pray God's comfort during this time of sorrow for you all. Hugs and Prayers: Susan and Tim Christensen”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not meet Bruce personally but I know his grandson well and he must have been a heck of a man and leader of his family! May he Rest In Peace with the Lord. Amen”
- Derek Shea
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Dear Lamport family. We extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. I have so many fond memories working with Bruce and the friendship that we shared. He was a great boss and friend. May God's love surround you and help ease your sorrow. We will keep your family in our prayers. With love and heartfelt sympathy. Milo and Sharon Allen ”
- Milo Allen
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Kay and family so sorry to hear of this ..if only there were words to ease your pain.. sending love and prayers to you all.. your dad was a great guy! Hugs ♥️”
- Laura
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“thoughts & prayers for your family at this sad time with your loss of Bruce......from all of us; Ron, Sharon, Rhonda & Steve Essick ”
- Ron, Sharon, Rhonda & Steve Essick
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“My sincere condolences to the Lamport Family. I also had the privilege to have worked closely with Bruce next door at the western store for many of the same years. Also a few Canadian fishing trips in the mix. Always a great story teller and confident as well. He will be missed by many. Peace be with you all.”
- Roger L Glau
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“To The Lamport families - please accept our sincerest condolences for Mr. L's passing. He had a very rich life. Between working hard, cramming every moment in with family that he loved dearly, his love of his friends and his hunting buddy Mr. Vern Ross. Oh my goodness the stories he told us . Lorraine -- he loved you for 70 + years ( not very many people have that lasting love ), I often told Mr. L -- You are the toughest boss I ever had …. but you were the best boss I ever had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time of loss. May God give you all peace and a soft place to fall . I for one was blessed with working for this fine man for 25+ years. Rest easy Mr. L -- you will be missed. ”
- Della & Frank Jeffrey
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“lorraine and family i am so sorry for your loss Bruce was quite the guy and the best boss i ever had prayers to all”
- vicki jensen
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a great man that always treated people like they were special to him. My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.”
- Randy Huckfelt
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:23 PM
“The world has lost an amazing man. Bruce was my boss at one of my first "real" jobs. His tolerance and patience were second to none! One of my favorite memories of Bruce happened shortly after he had just lectured the staff on the fact that too many dishes were being broken from filling the bus tubs too full. If it continued, we would have to start paying for them. Just a couple of nights later, I was preparing to take my bus cart back to the dish washer when it caught on the carpet and tipped over. Plates and leftover food went flying throughout the crowded dining room. I turned to look at Bruce at the carving station with a look of terror on my face. He just closed his eyes and shook his head! I know without a doubt that I am a better person because I worked for Bruce. His life is one worth celebrating, though we will mourn his loss. My sympathy to his family.”
- Joan (Pemble) Kimball
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:13 PM
“So sorry for your loss Kay.”
- Heidi Newgard
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