In Memory

Tom Kempf - Class Of 1951

Tom Kempf

Thomas Wayne Kempf, formerly of Crawfordsville, went to be with his Lord on Monday morning at North Woods Village of Kokomo.  He was 84.

Born February 7, 1933 in Delphi he was the son of the late Paul and Margaret (Long) Kempf.  He married Ruby M. Hathaway at the Delphi Baptist Church on February 28, 1954.  She preceded him in death on May 21, 2006.

He graduated from Delphi High School as a member of the class of 1951.  He later attended Bob Jones University and Taylor University.

Thomas served his country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.  He received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and artillery training at Ft. Bliss, Texas.   He received his honorable discharge after being stationed at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.

He worked for Alcoa prior to being employed by Indiana Gas (now Vectren), retiring in 1998.  He later worked for CVS.

Having been a member of Kossuth St. Baptist Church in Lafayette, Friendship Baptist Church and East Side Baptist Church in Crawfordsville, he was very active as the song leader and choir director as well as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. 

He enjoyed being with his family, reading, playing badminton and was a sports fan, especially Purdue.

Surviving family members include his daughter Sue (David) Atkisson of Kokomo, sons Jerry (Cec) Kempf of Crawfordsville, Joel Kempf of Denver, Colorado, daughter Dawn (Joe) Hieston of Crawfordsville; grandchildren Nathan Rawley, Eric Dupay, Keith Dupay, Courtney Kempf, Nina Kelly, Chris Locklin, Ally Kempf, Drew Hieston, Mitchell Hieston, Madelyenn Hieston and Aaron Morgan; great-grandchildren Mavric Collier, Easton Dupay, Karlee Bates, Jordynn Dupay, Alyssa Dupay and Alaina Kelly.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

A funeral service with military rites will be 3:00PM Saturday,  January 13 at East Side Baptist Church  officiated by Pastor Steve Whicker along with son Joel Kempf.  Visitation will be Saturday at the church from 1:00PM until the time of service.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North.

Contributions can be made to East Side Baptist Church, 2000 Traction Rd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933. 

Mr. Kempf donated his blood for several years.  In his memory, you are encouraged to become a blood donor.

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