Gary Bernard KEMPKES

Gary Bernard Kempkes, 71, of Brookings, died Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Crescent City, CA of a heart attack. Gary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to Bernard and Gertrude (Nitche) Kempkes on November 25, 1941. Gary spent most of his career as a salesman for 32 years at Kraft General Foods in Pleasanton, Calif. He and his wife Marie of 25 years moved to Brookings after his retirement in 2001. He loved to fish, walk on the beach and read. Gary enjoyed volunteering with the Knights of Columbus breakfast, the Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. He also loved R.V. traveling and loved visiting his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Marie of Brookings, sons, Brian and Shawn, both of Salem, Timothy of California, stepsons Mark and Brian, their wives Wendy and Patti, and step daughter Jackie and her husband Christian, all of California. Gary is also survived by his nephew Darren and his wife Barrie, his niece Sheryl and her husband Dave and their families of California, and daughter-in-law Leslie of California, and six grand children. Gary was preceded in death by his son Patrick, his parents and two brothers, Wayne and David. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Meals on Wheels c/o the Chetco Activity Center, PO Box 1444, Brookings, OR 97415. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road in Brookings. Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10:30 a.m. by Rev. Luan Nguyen. A luncheon reception will be at the Star of the Sea Parish Hall. Private burial will be at W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013