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Russell Kempf

November 26, 1918 — March 12, 2013

A celebration of life for Russell Kempf, 94 of Williamsburg, formerly of Wellman, will be held Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. The body will be cremated following the service. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. A memorial fund has been established for the Highland Ridge Care Center and the Wellman Asbury United Methodist Church.

Russell Kempf died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Highland Ridge Care Facility in Williamsburg.

Russ was the oldest son of Emra and Barbara Schlabaugh Kempf. He married Betty Jacob on August 22, 1942 before leaving for the service. Russ served in the Army Air Corp during World War.

He was self-employed shelling corn for many years before joining Home Gas Co. in Wellman. Russ served on the Wellman City Council from June 1969 until December 1983, serving as mayor in 1982 and 1983.

Russ is survived by his wife Betty of Williamsburg, his daughters June Kempf and Pat Kempf of West Des Moines and Linda Randall (Dale) of Findlay, OH. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Brent (Michelle) Randall, Derek, and Kyle and Vicki (Travis) Funneman, Shelby, and Chloe. Also surviving are sisters Orpha Kempf, Martha Justice, Olivia Abshire, brother Les Kempf and sisters-in-law Delores Kempf, Ruth Kempf, and Dorothy Jacob.

Preceding Russ in death were his parents, four brothers, and one sister.

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