William Harry Lamphere, age 72, long time resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He slipped away peacefully in the sanctity of his own home, surrounded by love.
Bill was born in California on March 27, 1945 to Delores and Harry Lamphere. Bill was the eldest of four children, living in Van Nuys, California. He was drafted into the US Army in 1966, serving two years.
Bill married Diana Sharp from Ferguson, Missouri on November 30, 1968. He graduated from California State University in 1971 and accepted a job transfer to Colorado Springs in 1979. Bill was a Certified Public Accountant for 35 years in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bill was a devoted man of God. He treated his friends and clients as if they were members of his family.
Bill was a founding member of Sunrise UMC and, in later years, a member of St. Paul’s UMC. Bill had four great loves in his life: God, his treasured wife Diana, his family, and baseball. Rain or shine, winning or losing, Bill always had a game on. Bill, who earned his pilot’s license, also enjoyed hiking, Sudoku puzzles, roller coasters, and sledding.
Bill was a man of few words. The words he used, however, were typically insightful, wise and honest. Bill’s one liners, or “Billisms”, reflected his great sense of humor. For instance, as a matter of principle, Bill never bought green bananas!
Bill is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Diana Lamphere; children: Emily Brown (Michael) of Madison, Mississippi, Megan Huffman (Richard) and Erik Lamphere (Jessica) both of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also survived by six beloved grandchildren: Sage, Kanon, Alex, Sophia, Leah, and Will. Bill is also survived by his sisters: Barbara Donakowski, Joan Lamphere, and Jonnie Lamphere; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews.
Bill was a “prince of a man” and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Viewing will be Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shrine of Remembrance. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard.
A reception following the funeral will be held at Security Service Stadium Banquet Hall from 12:00-3:00 p.m. located at 4385 Tutt Boulevard in Colorado Springs.