Virgil J. "Boogie" Kempf, a lifelong resident of Pilot Grove died Friday, January 21, 2012 at Tipton Oaks Manor in Tipton, MO, where he had lived since 2003.
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Virgil was born October 10, 1931 in Pilot Grove to Leonard J. and Lorene Meyer Kempf. He worked for Bell Orchards when he was younger, and was very proud of the years he spent there, and he worked for Bill Cary numerous years building fences and various farm projects. He also spent many years with Leslie Chamberlain, as an auctioneer's assistant. Leslie and his wife, Margaret weremuch like a second family for Virgil after his parents were gone. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He loved being out-doors, and especially enjoyed watchingand riding in over-the-road trucks when he was asked to ride along by the many different drivers he knew. He liked farm machinery, and never saw a John Deere without letting everyone know its function. Most of the older men of the area knew he was always ready for a Pepsi Cola, and his family want all to know that the time, attention, and bottles of Pepsi were much appreciated by us.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, and a devoted sister, Delores Stoeckleinand her husband, Eddie. A brother-in-law, Pat Ware died in 1997, and he lost two siblings in infancy.
He is survived by two sisters, CoreneWare of Pilot Grove, and Erma Williams of Odessa, MO. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, along with their families.
Funeral services for Virgil Kempfwill be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pilot Grove on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM with Father Phil Kane officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pilot Grove.
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Services are under the direction of the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 2012