Springfield defense attorney Dee Wampler has passed away; funeral arrangements set


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield defense attorney and former Greene County prosecutor Dee Wampler has died, according to a source at his law firm Friday.

Wampler, a colorful and storied lawyer in the Springfield community, was 81 years old. According to John Scroggins, a publicist for Wampler’s law firm, Wampler died in his sleep at the St. Louis Ritz Carlton overnight. Wampler was in court in St. Louis Thursday.

Scroggins says the cause of death is undetermined at this time. Below is funeral information from Scroggins:

  • Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14.
  • Funeral services will be Friday, October 15, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Both will take place at Second Baptist Church, 3111 East Battlefield, Springfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Wampler’s granddaughter Elizabeth “Lizzy” Wampler, who preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Wampler is survived by his children and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Attorney Homer D. Wampler, Jr. and Lu Alice Moore Wampler, his wife Anne, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Wampler.

He appeared in court just this week to argue a first-degree murder case in Cedar County and spoke with OzarksFirst reporters about that case Thursday night.

Wampler was Greene County prosecuting attorney in the early 1970s after working in the office as an assistant prosecutor from 1967 to 1970. He was in private practice from 1973 to the present.

Wampler published several books on legal matters and political issues. His website lists dozens of honors, citations, pro-bono activities and articles about him as well as articles he authored on the law.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure released a statement Friday about the Wampler’s passing:

The community has lost a generous, community-minded man with the passing of attorney Dee Wampler. He was a courtroom mainstay for more than 50 years, beginning his law career as an assistant prosecutor and then elected Greene County Prosecuting Attorney. His long list of pro bono activities and support of important community causes will certainly frame his legacy here in the Ozarks. Dee will be missed.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure

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