Dean Kaump Obituary – Ocala Star-Banner



On Thursday, December 9, Dean Ellis Kaump met his Heavenly Father and was reunited with his dead wife, Phyllis Jeanette Essmann. Dean was 84.

Born June 21, 1937 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Ronald Albert Kaump and Gladys Evangeline Ellis, Dean lived in a handful of towns in Minnesota and Wisconsin before finally landing in Rochester, MN in 1949. After graduating From Rochester High School in 1955, he enlisted in the US Navy where he pursued a career in electrical engineering. After two years of service, he ventured to International Business Machines (IBM) and thus began a multifaceted engineering career that will span over 40 years and will see him rise through the ranks through hard work. , perseverance and self-application.

He married his wife, Phyllis Jeanette Essmann, on January 1, 1959. They were married for 55 years, raising two sons on their collective journey.

Dean has been independent throughout his life. He often accumulated knowledge through self-study and correspondence programs and applied it to all aspects of his life. As a former high school swimmer, Dean followed his sons throughout age group swimming where he held numerous positions at the local, state and national levels. He has been regularly honored with service awards for his countless hours of volunteer work. Such has been his impact, the Rochester Swim Club created the Dean Kaump Award, in recognition of his many years of steadfast and inspiring leadership.

Almost everyone who met Dean was in awe of his zest for life and how he engaged a wide range of interests. Whether it’s working on cars, programming software, building a house, doing genealogical research, playing competitive tennis, running swimming competitions, chairing a swim club and a state swimming association, to build model railroad cars from scratch, to train competitive swimming, gardening, woodworking, sailing the seas and tinkering with electronics, he never stopped learning and applying. Beyond these activities, he regularly followed and was familiar with professional cycling, college football, motocross, car racing and a handful of new age alternative sports.

Fitness was the cornerstone of his life. Until his senior year, he swam and / or lifted weights almost every day. Competitive swimming has been his sport of life and he has taught and coached countless athletes over the course of two decades. On different occasions and during afternoon swims, he saved three other swimmers from drowning through rescue and CPR.

Her biggest passion in the later chapters of her life was ballroom dancing in Friday night dances. He practiced regularly and maintained an imposing and notable presence in the dance he chose to master.

Proud of his years in naval service, he regularly donned his original navy uniform to parade in military parades or carry flags.

Dean lived 84 years of hardiness and purpose, and while we miss his compassionate, inquisitive, and jovial disposition, we are comforted that he has reached his final destination with the Lord Jesus Christ. Dean was predeceased by his wife (Phyllis Jeanette Essmann); one brother (Leon Milton Kaump); and a sister (Corrine Lavonne Wocelka). He is survived by two sons, James Robert Kaump, Paul David Kaump (Megan); a granddaughter (Jane Friday); and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Heidi Hendryx, who has provided Dean with great comfort and joy in his later years.

A memorial service and celebration of life with family and friends will take place in Ocala, Florida in early 2022.

Posted on December 13, 2021

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