Kenneth D. Kempf, 85, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of Park Avenue Extension in Kane, died Friday evening (April 13, 2012) at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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Born May 4, 1926, in Kane, he was the son of Daniel and Twila Newhouse Kempf. On Dec. 26, 1948, in Kane, he married Carol E. Sandburg, who survives.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 at the age of 17 and served on the USS Roe in the Philippines, then returned to Kane to finish high school, graduating in 1947.
He worked at Holgate Toys, then as a janitor for fifteen years in the Kane Area School District, and later was a field worker for National Fuel for 21 years, retiring in 1988.
Mr. Kempf was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kane, where he was a usher and served on various committees. He belonged to Kane Lodge #566 F&AM, was a Boy Scout leader for many years, and he, along with his wife, were hosts at Redbridge Campground.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Roderick Kempf of James City and Jeffrey Kempf of Kane; two grandchildren; and a niece.
He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by brothers, Lloyd and John Kempf.
Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home Inc. in Kane from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. William LaVelle, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a church or
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com
Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home
103 South Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 16 to Apr. 23, 2012