Fredrick A. Hampel was born in Kingman, Kansas on October 30, 1964 and passed away peacefully in his home in Evergreen, Colorado on March 3, 2021.
Always a farm boy at heart, Fred was raised on the family farm in rural Kingman County. Fred graduated from Kingman High School in Kingman, Kansas and afterward attended Kansas State University. Fred obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Master of Accountancy and Master of Science in Agriculture Economics. Throughout Fred’s life, he had many career paths. Fred was a business owner, a rancher and farmer, an agricultural economist, and a college instructor and professor at many colleges and universities in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas.
During Fred’s life, he positively and profoundly influenced the people he met – family, friends, students, colleagues, and strangers. His sharp-witted, honest, wise, steady, and authentic way of communicating will be greatly missed by so many. His passion for knowledge and a thought-provoking conversation was only matched by his passion for mountain trails, alpine lakes, fly fishing in Colorado rivers, cutting wheat in Kansas, and appreciating the amazing world around him. In good times and bad, Fred carried himself with integrity, dignity, courage and compassion.
Fred is survived by his wife of 32 years, Leslee French Hampel; mother, Patricia (Lager) Hampel; brother, Tom Hampel (Judy); his two sisters, Christie Creighton (Alec) and Julie Pinkerton; as well as his nine nieces and nephews. Fred is preceded in death by his father, Martin L. Hampel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these organizations in Fred’s honor:
Mt. Evans Healthcare & Hospice at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439
Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness at PO Box 3431, Evergreen, CO 80437
Mother Cabrini Shrine at 20189 Cabrini Blvd. , Golden, CO 80401.
Fred Hampel Memorial Scholarship: Colorado Mountain College
CMC Foundation, 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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