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Retired Colonel to speak at Lincoln Day Luncheon Feb. 8

Retired Colonel Sepp Ramsperger will present a lecture on Abraham Lincoln at the 4th annual Archuleta County Republican Women’s Lincoln Day Luncheon.

The sit down luncheon will be held at noon Feb. 8, at JJ’s restaurant and have a menu consisting of salad, lasagna, garlic bread, a beverage and bread pudding with bourbon sauce. A visit from Lincoln, door prizes, etc. will add to the fun. Luncheon tickets cost $18 and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce or by calling ACRW President Marilyn Harris at 731-6336. The deadline to get tickets is Feb. 1.

The luncheon speaker, Sepp Ramsperger, in his retirement from active duty, has been able to pursue in-depth hobbies such as skiing, sailing, hiking and, most of all, his interest in American History, especially Lincoln. Sepp was attracted to study Lincoln because they both came from humble backgrounds, worked extremely hard and accomplished the American dream. Also he, like Lincoln, shares a deep love of this country and our democracy. The speech entitled “Lincoln, Who He Was and What He Accomplished” will be presented from a less-than-traditional approach and include much of Sepp’s unique sense of humor, history quirks and facts.

In 1941, Sepp was born in Germany and found himself an orphan at age three. After being sent to numerous boarding schools, he was sponsored by an aunt and uncle on an exchange student visa to attend high school in Kansas City, Missouri.

Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. This was the start of a very distinguished and challenging career which included learning Russian and Vietnamese, participating in 18 separate ground operations in Vietnam, plus serving in Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Thailand and receiving over 20 personal medals.

Sepp also made time to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the College of Notre Dame in 1973. After 33 years of active duty with the Marine Corps, Sepp retired in 1992 and moved with his wife Tanice to Pagosa Springs for a “non-moving tour of civilian life,” to quote Sepp.

Everyone, men and women, are invited to come to this very interesting and fun Lincoln Day Luncheon put on by ACRW Feb. 8, at JJ’s Restaurant.