John Lampe farmed in Pocahontas County until 1904 when he became the first rural carrier out of the town of Pocahontas. He worked as a clerk in the grocery store owned by Frank E. Hronek. In 1907 John opened a harness shop in partnership with John Hammes where they sold shoes. With the coming of the tractor, the harness shop was eventually phased out.
In 1917, John Lampe opened a furniture store. During this time he studied and became licensed as an undertaker. John continued to work as an undertaker in Pocahontas until he retired in 1947. He died in September, 1963.
John's nephew Norbert Lampe, son of Ed and Mary (Dreelan) Lampe of Varina, attended mortuary school in St. Louis following his discharge form the U.S. Navy after WWII. He served his mortuary apprenticeship at the Nelson Funeral Home in Albert City, Iowa. Norbert then purchased a furniture store and funeral home in Ashton, Iowa. He sold the business in 1969 and then went to work at Turner Funeral Homein Spirit Lake, Iowa until retiring in 1988. Norbert died in 1990.
Norbert's son, Keith Lampe currently owns and operates Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City, Iowa along with his daughter Abby Wilson.
Janet (Orieger) Hubbell is also a licensed funeral director in the Lampe family. She is employed at Gunderson Funeral Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She is the daughter of Greg and Darlene (Lampe) Orieger originally of West Bend, Iowa.
It is quite a transition from John Lampe, harness maker in 1907 to Janet Hubbell, rural farm girl, both serving the funeral needs of families. This currently is the trend in funeral service, nearly 60% of mortuary students are women. It's ironic that all four generations have served families in northwest Iowa. From 1917 until the present time represents nearly 100 years of funeral service. Also different is the fact that many generational funeral families are direct descendants (great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and son). In the Lampe family it's uncle, nephew, son, cousin, and daughter. From three men to two women is also a transition.