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Michael P. Campa, 59, of Hutchinson

Michael Campa
Michael Patrick Campa, 59, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at Hutchinson Health.
 
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 13, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. John Pasche officiating. Paul Otte was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”
 
Urn bearers were Nick Campa, Luz Campa, Frank Campa, Tony Baumann, Tom Baumann, David Campa, Christopher Campa and Richard Campa. Military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Interment was in the Arlington City Cemetery.
 
Michael Patrick Campa as born Oct. 10, 1955, in New Ulm, the son of Luz “Louie” and Virginia (Vallejo) Campa. He was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Winthrop. He received his elementary education in Winthrop until the sixth grade, and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1974. He furthered his education at the Willmar Vocational Technical Institute (known today as Ridgewater College), where he graduated with an electronic engineering technology degree in June 1983.
 
He entered active military service in the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 22, 1976, in Minneapolis, and served his country during peacetime. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas; Chanute, Illinois; Homestead, Florida; and Osan Air Force Base in Korea. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 12, 1980, at Travis Air Force Base in California, and achieved the rank of sergeant. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for four years.
 
On Aug. 30, 1986, Mr. Campa was united in marriage to Connie Mathwig in Orlando, Florida. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Miguel, Logan and Nickolas. Michael and Connie Campa lived in Hutchinson, and shared 29 years of marriage.
 
Mr. Campa owned and operated Crow River Tae Kwon do and Jiu Jitsu and was the manager of the U.S. Paint Ball business. He also was employed at 3M in Hutchinson as a senior electrical systems technician for 32 years. He was to retire Aug. 31. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He also was a member of the Little Crow Archery Club and Gopher Campfire Conservation Club, both in Hutchinson.
 
Mr. Campa enjoyed deer and bear hunting with firearms and archery, paint ball and martial arts. He loved to sing and dance. He danced for Arthur Murray School of Dance, where he was an instructor and participated in dance competitions. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchild and friends.
 
He is survived by his wife, Connie Campa of Hutchinson; children, Miguel (Teresa) Campa of St. Cloud, Logan (Samantha) Campa of Omaha, Neb., and Nickolas Campa of Hutchinson; grandchild, Arin Campa; sisters, Paula Bauman of Oakdale, Victoria Darnell of Norwood Young America, Dahlia (Dan) Clifton of Brooklyn Park, Christina (Randy) Zehnder of Waconia, his twin sister, Monica (Mike) Christian of Paynesville; brothers, Frank (Sue) Campa of El Rancho Cordova, California, Nick (Myrtle) Campa of Mankato, Luz (Sandra) Campa of Buffalo, Richard Campa of Crystal, David (Sue) Campa of Crystal and Christopher (Donna) Campa of Brooklyn Park; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luz “Louie” and Virginia Campa; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Manley and Elvera Mathwig; infant brother, Nickolas, sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Tony Baumann; brother-in-law, Jim Bauman; nephews, John Campa, Patrick Campa and Christopher Campa Jr. in infancy.
 
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.
com.