Joseph Lampert, age 90 years, passed away on 16 August 2018. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for the last 40 years of his life. Born in Palanka, Yugoslavia on 15 March 1928 to Adam Lampert and Anna (Haumann) Lampert, he and his family were caught up in the turmoil of WWII. By the grace of God, his life was spared despite captivity in various internment camps. He eventually fled to Salzburg, Austria where he learned the cabinet making trade before emigrating to America in 1951 and settling in Cleveland, Ohio. There in English school he met his bride-to-be, Ruth Kroll. They married in June 1953 and four months later Joe joined the Army during the Korean War. The couple remained together until his death.

As a youth, Joe aspired to become a teacher, but the war interrupted his educational trajectory at the 8th grade level. Woodworking became his ultimate career path, perhaps having been inspired by his grandfather who made wooden toys to sell at the market. Joseph was a cabinet maker by trade and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby as well as an occupation. After retiring from Wigand Corp. in 1983, he continued working in wood by building harpsichords. He also dabbled in real estate for a few years during the 1970s.

Joe enjoyed making music. He learned the accordion and the violin at an early age and even became the bugler in one of the camps where he was interned during the war. He credits his survival to the preferential treatment he was afforded as the camp bugler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Lampert; his son, Wolfgang (Darlene) Lampert; his sister, Lisa Burdg; his granddaughters, Sonja (Lewis) Engledowl and Tiffany Lampert; and his great grandson, Landus Engledowl.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30AM on Thursday, 23 August 2018, at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N. 31st Street, Colorado Springs, CO. A reception will follow immediately in the lower level of the church.

Memorials in Joseph’s name may be made to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.

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  1. Dear Joe,

    You left us too early. You enhanced the lives of so many, in so many ways, including mine. I remember in detail you starting to build harpsichords. Your very first harpsichord was as if it were your hundredth. It was perfect. I was proud to have received your first Flemish Ruckers harpsichord. I remember the colors we chose and how I would witness the process as it evolved. It is now 36 years old and still in perfect condition. It is now autumn, and the harpsichord you built for me was in autumn, 1982. I wish I could post a photo for all to see. I remember in detail all the fun times we had in your home with your family and the great food prepared by Ruth. So many memories. So now, when I sit at this beautiful harpsichord, I will always think of you. Love – Phil

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