Ernest J. Vampola
November 26, 1928 – January 11, 2018
Ernest Vampola was born November 26, 1928, on a farm near Garland, the son of Joseph and Anna (Vodicka) Vampola and passed away January 11, 2018, in Sun City West, Arizona, at the age of 89. Ernest grew up in Bee, attended Dwight Assumption High School and graduated in 1946. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 where he was a radio operator stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
On September 7, 1954, Ernest was united in marriage to Beverly Rejda at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee where he served on the village and school boards, farmed and owned the Vampola General Store. He moved to Lincoln in 1967 and managed Nash Finch’s Warehouse Market. He retired to Brainard where he served on the Village Board and as mayor. He then moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, for a few years before moving to Sun City West, Arizona, to reside near his sisters and brothers-in-law. Ernest will be remembered most for his love of history and his incredible recall of people and events.
Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Vampola; his wife Beverly Vampola; brother Larry; sister Helen and brother-in-law Ray Policky; brothers-in-law Jim Madsen and Royal Foster Jr. Ernest is survived by his two daughters, Deborah Cox and husband Tom of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Donna Reinsch and husband Phil of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Stephanie Steen and husband Jake of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Anna Kroth and husband Aaron of Madison, Wisconsin; Jessica Davis and husband David of North Richland Hills, Texas; Alexander Reinsch of Austin, Texas, and Melissa Reinsch and her fiancé Cole Harris of North Richland Hills, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Willa Steen and Emma Kroth; sisters Dolores Foster and Evelyn Madsen of Sun City West, Arizona; and six nieces and nephews.
A rosary service will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee. A graveside service and interment will be in the Bee Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Dwight American Legion Post 110. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bee Ballroom Fund, Village of Bee, NE 68314. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.