Shawn James Kampmeier

June 24, 1984January 18, 2013

Shawn James Kampmeier, 28, Roscoe, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013. He was born June 24, 1984 in Rockford to Phil and Sonja Kampmeier. He passed away after a lengthy battle with drug addiction. The disease ultimately took his life but could not take away his kind heart and gentle soul. He will be deeply missed by all of those who truly knew and loved him. Our hearts are broken but will slowly heal knowing that he is now safe and at peace. Shawn attended Harlem schools and received his diploma in 2003. He was most recently employed at Midwest Packaging. Shawn was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He loved playing sports as a child and enjoyed the annual summer vacations shared with his parents and siblings. Shawn was an avid Green Bay Packer and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He shared countless memories with family and friends enjoying watching “our team” play. His brother and sister were the light of his life. They adored their big brother and Shawn was very proud of both of them. They are comforted knowing that Shawn will be forever with them. He is survived by his parents, Phil and Sonja; brother, Casey and sister , Kayla. Grandparents; Donna Goedert, Jim and Mary Lou Kampmeier. Uncles; Ryan, Dan, Matt, Chris and Adrian. Aunts; Nancy, Katie, Gail, Nancy Anne, and Donna. Cousins, Jacky, Lindsey, Ray, Kelly, A.J., Aaron and Parker. Faithful companion and pet; Kirby. Shawn is preceded in death by “grampa” Don Goedert and great grandmother Isoline (Kitty) Martorana. We appreciate very much and can never thank enough the individuals and organizations that offered a helping hand or a kind word to Shawn and our family over the past several years. Funeral service will be held at 11am, Wednesday, January 23rd at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Pastor Wendell Maynard will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10am to 11am at the funeral home. Private Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to Sojourn House in Freeport, Il and/or Rosecrance of Rockford. Online condolences can be submitted at


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Casey Kampmeier

February 15, 2013

Shawn. It just seems like yesterday we were hanging out in the basement playing ping pong and video games. Man its crazy what can happen in a short span. Words can't express how much i miss you or enjoyed being in your presence. You were a great big brother Shawn and I was blessed to spend the time that I did with you while you were here. What I loved is we could do anything together. There was never a dull moment. We were always laughing and just having a good time with one another. Im gonna miss our phone calls, talking about sports and watching Packers and Cards games together. Just the small things you know. You found your peace and I will see you again someday. I Love you.

Kayla Kampmeier

February 12, 2013

I still can`t believe you`re gone. It breaks my heart that you won`t be here to watch any of my softball games, see me turn 16, get my license, get married, have kids, and so many more things. But i know you`ll be watching, just from a better place. I will forever cherish the memories we have shared together. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting at the table playing rummy. You always beat me, haha. One day i`ll beat you :) You are my hero. You`ll always be my brother. I love and miss you soooo much. I`ll see you again one day, Shawn. I promise! :)


January 29, 2013

So sorry for your loss - did not know Shawn, but read his obit on Justin's page and felt compelled to share my sympathy. We lost our son at age 29 after the most wonderful months of shared recovery with him. Happy for Shawn that he is in a good place now with peace and an end to his struggles.

Jeanne Downing

January 28, 2013

My want to express my deep sadness for the loss of your son. The must be overwhelming right now. I want you to know you have been in my thoughts.

January 28, 2013

Donna & Family,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss! Our prayers & thoughts are with you at this time!

The Litman Family

LeAnn Fannan

January 27, 2013

I didn't know Shawn but my heart is breaking for his parents, siblings and the rest of his family and friends! God Bless All of you

Jeff Kallenbach

January 26, 2013

I feel just awful for the loss that the Kampmeier family has sustained. Recently Midwest packaging (Shawn's employeer) did an expansion project, which my company did the site work on. I would see Shawn on his breaks outside, and (I have a son only 17 years old, but big for his age) that when seeing Shawn from a little distance looks quite a bit like him,I always enjoyed seeing him, we never spoke, but I wish I had taken the time to know him. Thank you for the obit you published, cause my son and I looked it over together, and I had tears in my eyes as I explained to him that you can never do this sort of thing once, I consider it a "teachable" moment and I sincerly thank you from the bottom of my heart for it. You Folks have to go through something that I'd never wish on ANYONE, and MY hope for you, is that the GOOD LORD sees you through your darkest hours. May God Bless the Kampmeier family, and the MANY FRIENDS Shawn leaves behind to cherish the memories!!! Jeff Kallenbach

Danielle McDonald (Goedert)

January 26, 2013

Shawn will be greatly missed..

Sara Mallow

January 25, 2013

Though I did not know Shawn, it breaks my heart to see a vital and young man taken from us by addiction. Just out of a 9 month Rehab for alcohol (at the Rockford Rescue Mission)I have seen three of my rehab friends taken by relapse. It's so very sad. May God wrap His loving arms around Shawn and your entire family in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

January 25, 2013

Phil,Sonja and family,
Thou our paths haven't crossed lately, we used to practically live together every summer, practice, games
and tournaments...I best remember Shawn as such a kind
and willing to please child, just a good boy, and your family
so devoted to Shawn and RAK...our hearts break for you.
My time heal your pain,
Scott and Brenda Andrews