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Richard J. "Dick" Kempthorn

age 92, went to be with the Lord on Friday,

February 8, 2019. He was a life resident of Canton, 1944 graduate of McKinley High School and a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1950. He was a star football player for both McKinley and Michigan. At the University of Michigan he was on the 1947 and 1948 National Championship teams and an All American. His fame on the football field led him to be nicknamed "Killer Kempthorn." Dick served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and was a Korean War Air Force veteran. While in the Air Force he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Soldier's Medal for bravery. Dick followed his father, James O. Kempthorn, as the President of Kempthorn Motors. He was a former trustee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also served on the Akron Canton Regional Airport board of Directors.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lynn Kempthorn, daughter, Dana (Jud) Parker, sons, James (Rebecca) Kempthorn and Eric (Terri) Kempthorn, and eight grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucille Kempthorn.

Services will be Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Temple Assembly of God with Reverend Scott Spencer and Reverend Richard Lemberg officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Please no flowers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The James O. and Lucille Kempthorn Memorial Youth Endowment, c/o YMCA of Central Stark County, 1201 30th St NW, Canton, Ohio 44709. Condolences may be made to:

(Lamiell , 330-456-7375)

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Published in The Repository on Feb. 10, 2019.
10:00 AM
Bethel Temple Assembly of God
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February 28, 2019
To the Kempthorn Family, our sincerest condolences to you and loved ones. Dick was a former Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) Board member and impacted many lives. He always cared for what went on at his local airport. His dedication and contributions to the Airport and community will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

Ren Camacho
President & CEO
Akron-Canton Airport
Ren Camacho
February 23, 2019
Dear Kempthorn family, so sorry for the loss of Dick. I have so many wonderful memories from the years I spent at your house. I hold you all dear in my heart. Comfort and prayers to you all. Kelly (Grunder) Girard
February 23, 2019
Eric & Family, we extend our sincere thoughts and PRAYERS during this most difficult time. May THE LORD provide you with Love, Peace and Strength as you reflect on the precious memories of your Beloved. Sorry, I did not get to attend. GO BLUE & GOD BLESS U ALL!!
Garland & Linda Rivers
February 21, 2019
Our Family will miss seeing Mr. Kempthorn when we come in for service, buy a new car or just stop in to chat. He always made time for us.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family during this time of bereavement.
Marvin Montgomery
February 20, 2019
Jim, Eric & Dana,
I loved your Dad dearly. He was always so kind and thoughtful, and he endeavored to follow Jesus, now he rests with Him. We had some wonderful conversations, and he sold me my first truck, which was his personal truck. He was a man of unquestioned integrity, and your families are truly his reflection. I will be out of town Saturday, but my heart is with you all.
Eric Ruth
Eric Ruth
February 15, 2019
This man was a great person and great boss,no one can compare. Love working for a great person like him. My prayers to the family. The man taught me a lot.
Kirk Hayes
February 14, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Kempthorn, a special man! Many thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. May God Bless each of you and sustain you with many fond memories!

Kay Davis
February 14, 2019
Such an immense loss to our world. God has a great person in his care. It saddens many; however, it was privilege to have known him and have him as a friend. God Bless
Dick & Sue Brunn
February 14, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Cyndi Evanoff
February 12, 2019
Dick Kempthorn was a perfect gentleman and patient during the many encounters we had. He was always happy and he had such a work ethic. Our condolences to the family and we will miss him
John& Greer Thottam
John Thottam
February 12, 2019
Dick Kempthorn was a perfect gentleman and friend and a perfect patient during the many encounters we had. He was always very caring and happy and we will miss him. Our condolences th
February 11, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss I started doing business with Dick and Kempthorn
Motors in the 1970's. In the early days of starting my own business. Dick was
instrumental in helping me get started..When I asked him if I could count on
his business,not only did he say yes.he offered to pass the word along to his
associates,and sold me one of his buildings. Dick was a good,good man
My condolences Toby Rinaldi
toby rinaldi
February 11, 2019
Can't begin to express how much love & respect Jeanne & I share, not only for Dick but the entire Kempthorn family. You have all been like our 2nd family. Dick was certainly like my 2nd dad. I'm certain he & Fred are having a great reunion as this is written. Two men that will never be replaced.
Another of the Greatest Generation leaves here to begin his eternal life.
God bless you all.

Rick & Jeanne Blosser
February 11, 2019
Sorry to hear the news. Praying Jesus strengthens the family. Peace. Mr. Kempthorn was a great blessed man. He is on to his reward. Gods best .
Dr Michael Simonella
Michael Simonella
February 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My late husband, Fred Krum, worked many years with Dick on the airport board. I even got to be around Dick on several occasions. He was a very nice man.
Diane Krum
February 10, 2019
Diane Krum
February 10, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord comfort you and give you peace.
Gloria Dunnivan
February 10, 2019
Our condolences to your family. We have been neighbors for 33 years. We always knew we could ask for help or information if needed. Sincerely, Bill and PattyLewers
Bill and Patricia Lewers
February 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss of your wonderful dad he was a great person and he had a good personality and he was always independent he will be greatly missed from all of us Ronald Dolly Matheson Jim Thomas also my thoughts are with your family
Dolly Matheson
February 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss of your wonderful dad he was a great person and he had a good personality and he was always independent he will be greatly missed from all of us Ronald Dolly Matheson Jim Thomas also my thoughts are with your family
Dolly Matheson
February 10, 2019
My sincere sympathy to your entire family. Dick was such a gentleman and I so enjoyed working with him over the last 40 years. Remember the good times
Marian Knipfer
February 10, 2019
Jim and Rebecca- My sincerest condolences on your father's passing. Beth Ullom
February 10, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Kempthorn was a good friend of my father. After reading his life story I can understand why. Prayers for God's grace to give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Fly high, Sir.
Eva Ames-Poole
February 10, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Kempthorn Family. I enjoyed talking to him when he would come into the Sport Dome. So sorry for your loss
Phyllis Wise
February 10, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the Kempthorn Family.

Nick and Juanita Cignetti
Nick Cignetti
February 10, 2019
'The branch is broken,
Leaves have fallen to the earth,
But the root lives on.'
Wm. S. Shields Sr.

Praying for your family in this time of loss.
Deborah Murphy
February 10, 2019
May you find peace.
Cheryle Yount Casar
February 10, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Dan Braucher
February 10, 2019
Dick was a great business man and a family man we should all look to emulate. I'm sorry for your loss Eric, Jim, and Dana.
Philip DiMarzio
February 9, 2019
To the Kempthorn family. We are sorry for your loss. Dick was a good friend for many years. He'll be missed.
Ron Wootton
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