Donald Gordon Kempfer

May 9, 1932 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Donald Gordon Kempfer Obituary

Donald Kempfer passed away on December 25, 2023. He was born on May 9, 1932 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Elisabeth (Gill) Kempfer. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Phyllis Kempfer Crews. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma (Carlson); daughter, Lisa and son, Jeffrey (Wendy). Grandchildren, Katherine Baker (Tyler), Sarah Ellsworth (Michael) and Matthew Kempfer. Great-grandchildren, Graham, Emmett and Madelyn Baker. Nephews, David Crews (Tawanya), James Crews (Sue), John Crews (deceased), and Phillip Crews (deceased). Also many cousins.

Don was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. While at Penn state, he completed a four-year Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Shortly into his two years of active duty, he obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. 

After his service, Don worked in the oil refinery business for Standard Oil of Ohio. He worked on control instrumentation engineering and computer projects for refineries. He developed the instrument and control systems used in oil and gas production and refining. After British Petroleum bought Sohio, Don's travel in the states and in many overseas locations increased.

Don enjoyed sports. He played tennis, skied and golfed. He also followed professional baseball, football and tennis. But his main interest was always his family and extended family. He was a great husband, father and grandfather. He was always the first to help others when the occasion arose. He did his best for all of us. Don was a very patient person, a good listener and friend. He always followed through with his promises. He was a truly great man whose impact will be forever felt by his family, who love him dearly.

Friends will be received at the Brecksville United Methodist Church, 65 Public Square, Brecksville, OH 44141 on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 from 10-11 am where Don's funeral service will begin at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Don's name are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105 or to Wounded Warrior Project,  P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

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January 3, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Brecksville United Methodist Church
65 Public Square
Brecksville, OH 44141

Funeral Service
January 3, 2024

11:00 AM
Brecksville United Methodist Church
65 Public Square
Brecksville, OH 44141


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