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Allan Wilbur Lamkin

Allan Wilbur Lamkin, age 69 of Waconia, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005 in Waconia Twp.

He was born Oct. 7, 1935 at Fertile, the son of Richard Joseph and Clara Geline (Dalby) Lamkin of Garden Township, a small hamlet between what are now recognized as the towns of Winger and Rindahl. He was a brother to Renee Ivadelle Lamkin (Hand).

Allan attended elementary school at a small country schoolhouse. Later, he was bussed to Fertile for high school.

He lived on a farm near Grandpa Anton Dalby and many cousins. When not farming, he and his father would collect metal for the war effort on their hay rack from surrounding farms. Allan learned to be thrifty at a very young age by doing this.

Allan saw that there was opportunity for education by joining the Army after graduation. He honorably served his country for the next three years, during the height of the Korean War. He was stationed at a post near Saranac, N.J., where he was an electrician for a surface to air missile site, whose duty it was to protect half of New York City. It was there that he received injuries that contributed to health problems later in life.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Allan decided to use his military benefits to attend the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism within three years.

While attending the U of M, he was the social chairman of Lambda Chi. This is also where he met Janet Thielen, whom he married Dec. 23, 1959 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michael.

The same year, Allan decided to enroll at William Mitchell College of Law, while also employed by Honeywell as a technical writer. He was responsible for the gas regulators that were in use prior to electronic means of regulation.

He graduated from law school in 1964, and he and his wife, Janet, settled in Waconia, where Allan spent a short time as assistant Carver County attorney. He then went into private practice in Waconia for the next 39 years.

His successful law career included not losing any of his cases tried before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Because he was particularly concerned with protecting the right to life of the unborn, he ran for state attorney general on the issue.

All this while he built his estate, raised his family, and enjoyed many hobbies including the study of history, genealogy, real estate, medicine, politics to philosophy, religion, science and nature. He often wrote to such dignitaries as the Pope, presidents, kings, senators, media, and authors advising them of inconsistencies, omissions, errors, and facts.

Allan was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed walking around his 75-acre estate on Lake Waconia, while his children and grandchildren played amongst the 20,000-plus trees he planted, reflected on, and prayed over.

He was a member of the Waconia American Legion Post 150.

He enjoyed researching, studying, traveling, planning, collecting, hunting, property development, boating, antiquing, but most of all, he loved visiting with people.

Allan was loved by his family and will be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet; sons and daughters-in-lawRobert and Brenda Lamkin of Waconia, James and Kristine Lamkin of Watertown, and Lawrence Lamkin of Jordan; grandchildren Alexander, Nicole, Jennifer, Alana, Eva, and Ashley; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law John Hand of Apple Valley, and Judith and John Meyer of Sioux City, Iowa; nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Lamkin; sister Renee Hand, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Robert and Isabel Thielen.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia, with the Rev. James Himmelsbach officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Alexander Lamkin, Jim Hand, Nick Thompson, Tony Thompson, Bob Goodfellow, and Randy Williams.

Arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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