Emory Alvin Kempf, beloved husband of Charlene Dawn (Headings) Kempf, was born July 17, 1962, to Alvin and Lucille (Shrock) Kempf at Morrison, IL.
He accepted Christ in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite Church at the time of his death.
On June 28, 1984, he was united in marriage to Charlene Headings, daughter of Stanley and Alta Headings, at Tampico, IL sharing the joys and sorrows of married life for 34 years and 5 days.
God called Emory home on July 3, 2018, at the age of 55 years, 11 months, and 16 days. He was last seen standing beside his pickup by Larry Miller, a feed truck driver from Fair Grove, MO. As he was leaving around 30 minutes later, he found him lying on the ground.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Charlene; four children, Dawn and husband Gary Hostetler, and their children, Connor, Kezia, Lexi, Rionn and Wyatt, Crawford, CO. Colleen and husband Noah Knox, and their children, Nikki, Tara, Talisha and Hunter, Hotchkiss, CO. Alex, wife Kayla and daughter Savannah, Sedalia, MO. Eric, wife Bonnie and daughter Skylee, Sedalia MO.
He also leaves his step-mother, Loretta Kempf, Sedalia MO. Four brothers and seven sisters, Sharon, Mrs. Orla Hostetler, Halfway, MO. Janice, Mrs. David Headings, Sedalia, MO. LaMar and wife Susan, Pocahontas, AR. Lorraine and husband Stanley Christner, Sedalia, MO. Eldora and husband Keith Shrock, Pocahontas, AR. Eileen, Sedalia, MO. Lester and wife Judith, Ravenden Springs, AR. Leo and wife Pam, Ravenden Springs, AR. Vernon and wife Charlotte, Sedalia, MO. Mabel Ann and husband Herman Hostetler, Clarksville, AR. Clarabel and husband, John Kropf, Clarksville, AR. A host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Lucille (Shrock) Kempf, a stillborn brother, Dennis Ray. Paternal grandparents Lee and Ella (Hostetler) Kempf. Maternal grandparents Russel and Edna (Kropf) Shrock. One sister-in-law Cathy, wife of LaMar. Two brothers-in-law, Orla Hostetler and David Headings.
Emory was a kind and generous person with many friends from far and near. He greatly enjoyed auctions and being an auctioneer, for over 30 years.
His children and grandchildren were special to him and he enjoyed having them come home, especially during his recent illness, from which he was greatly improved.
His sudden passing was such a shock to all of us and he will be greatly missed.
The family expresses a heartfelt Thank You to everyone for their love, help and prayers through this time of grief.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite School.
Burial will be in the Olive Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home.