Orval Arlis Kempf beloved husband of Ruby Fern (Eigsti) Kempf, born January 17th 1935 to Lee and Ella (Hostetler) Kempf at Kalona, Iowa.
On June 23rd, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ruby, daughter of Chris and Lizzie (Hostetler) Eigsti, sharing the joys and sorrows of life for over 61 years.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Ruby, and children; Retha, Hughesville, MO; Rosella and husband Chris Hostetler, Sedalia, MO; Ollie and wife Michelle (Wagler), Sarasota, FL; Ruth and husband Paul Hostetler, Mena, AR; Arlie, Sarasota, FL; Mirriel and husband Sam Packnett, Hughesville, MO; daughter-in-law Lillian and husband Rodney Blosser, Buffalo, MO; Mary, Hughesville, MO; 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Also surviving is 1 sister; Marietta Miller, Tampico, IL; 2 sisters-in-law; Loretta Kempf, Sedalia, MO; and Joy and husband Dale Hostetler, Viola, AR.
He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, Rebecca Jean, son Kevin, great grandson Kirby, his parents, Lee and Ella, brothers Alvin and Eldon, and sisters Emmagene, Rosetta, and Ruby Jane.
He accepted Christ in his youth and was a faithful member of the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church at the time of his death.
After battling cancer for almost a year, God called Grandpa from his home on January 5th, 2019 at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 19 days.
Orval knew no stranger and was friendly to all. He showed his appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his illness. His heart’s desire was to meet his family in Heaven someday.
Dad especially noticed sunsets and called Mom in to look at them. A few days before he passed away, God sent us a very beautiful, impressive sunset that reminded us of His love.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the meals brought in, and the help, love and prayers through this time of grief.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite School.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.