Henry Richard Kempf passed peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday April 29, 2018 at home with his wife BettyJean and sons Larry and Karl at his side, three days before his 99th birthday.
Henry was born to Andrew and Helen (Sharp) Kempf on May 2, 1919. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Bessie, Maynard, Clarence and Alvin. He grew up in a rural lifestyle that forged his lifelong values.
Henry, A.K.A. Hank, retired in 1974 from the Forge Plant of Oldsmobile Division General Motors with 32 years of service. He was a member of U.A.W. local 1618 and past member of local 652.
In his early days he also drove semis hauling clay tile and glazing salt for the Grand Ledge tile factories. Henry also made furniture at Grand Ledge Manufacturing.
He and his wife of 77 yrs. BettyJean (Nye) Kempf built their own home on Benton Rd. in 1947. They dug the basement with a scoop-scrape and tractor then built most everything from there to the roof themselves. They must have done a good job for the house still stands today.
Henry never ran from hard work and always provided well for his family. He enjoyed working on his home and land: cutting wood and hunting; old cars and tractors.
Henry was an unassuming, decent man who got the most good out of the basic things in life. He loved God, his wife and sons, and the U.S.A. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his family.
Private services have been held by his immediate family. Interment will be in the Sunfield Cemetery.
Contributions honoring Henry may be made to the charity of your choice.
Please visit a special webpage designed for Henry, www.RosierFuneralHome.com to light a candle or leave a condolence to honor his life.
The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Burial & Cremation Services.