THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Norman Damp, 78, of Oconto Falls, passed away Friday morning, April 7 surrounded by his family after a two week stay at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls.
Born July 14, 1938 in Neenah, the oldest of four children, to James and Lorraine (Kitzman) Damp, as an infant, they moved to Oconto Falls which became his lifelong home. He attended public school and graduated from high school in 1957 and excelled in track, competing at the state level.
After graduation, he enlisted into the 5th Marine Corps and served his country from 1957-1959. After his honorable discharge from the military at a dance in Spruce, he met his future wife, Regina Mihalski. They married On Aug. 19, 1961 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow.
They lived in Oconto Falls where they raised three children, hunted and fished together and taught generations how to be successful at it. He worked at Scott Paper for many years until retiring as a team leader in the instrumentation department in 1993.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping which started at an early age. In retirement he did taxidermy as a hobby of all shapes and sizes of animals, specializing in white tail deer, which became a fulltime job.
In 1983, they purchased a cottage on Butternut Lake in Forest County which the family enjoyed and made many memories. A charter member of the Oconto River Bowman, it has grown for his family into five generations of membership and both he and his wife were honored with lifetime memberships. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Oconto Falls.
Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Regina Damp, Oconto Falls; three children, Darwin (Annette) Damp, Susie Damp and Lynette (Brad) Magnin, all of Oconto Falls; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; two brothers, Wayne Damp and James Jr. (Virgie) Damp, both of Oconto Falls; a sister, Faye (Wade) Tress of Coleman; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Mary Ann and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Damp.
Visitation with the urn present took place at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls Wednesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Church Cemetery. Jones Funeral Service of Oconto Falls assisted the family with arrangements.