ROBERT "PINKY" KEMPTON
Apr. 24, 1921 - June 28, 2014
Robert Kempton, 93, of Brawley passed away Saturday, June 28.
He was born April 24, 1921 in Eden, Arizona where he was raised and attended schools before moving to Calipatria in 1938 when his father purchased a dairy. Robert attended Brawley Junior College for 2 years, then joined the USAF in 1942. He served in Guam and was stationed in Kansas and Luke AFB. He was a Tech Sergeant on a B-29 squadron until his discharge in 1946.
He returned to the Valley and worked for Danny Wiest building farm equipment. He was also a parts manager for Wright and Knight then drove a truck for Danny Wiest from 1950-1991 before starting Pinky's Transportation Inc. in 1961. There he ran 6 or 7 trucks hauling bulk cattle feed from RR to feedlots. He retired in 1991. From 1996-2002 he worked for Dick Walker Trucking as shop foreman.
He was a member of BPOE #1420, American Legion Post 60, Stockmen's Club and Rustlers Club. He enjoyed western movies, NASCAR, traveling, photography and computers.
Burial will take place Friday, July 11 at 9 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. A memorial service will be held at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Vetta Whitley of Petaluma, Viola Edmiaston of Blythe, and Ruth Genereux of Chandler.
Robert is survived by his wife of 72 years, Geraldine "Gerry" Kempton of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Debra Kempton of Brawley; and numerous nieces and nephews.