Kenneth D. Kempf, 85, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of Park Avenue Ext. in Kane, died Friday evening, April 13, 2012 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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 US Navy in 1944 at the age of 17 and served in the USS Roe in the Philippines, then returned to Kane to finish high school, graduating in 1947.Â He worked at Holgate Toys, then as a janitor forÂ fifteen years in the Kane Area School District, and later was a field worker for National Fuel forÂ 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 on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with the rev. William LaVelle, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.