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Kenneth Bernard Kempf
June 1, 1932 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Kenneth B. “Kenny” Kempf, 90, of Boonville passed away Monday evening, July 17, 2023, surrounded by his family at the Harry S. Truman Hospital in Columbia, MO.
Visitation for Kenny will be Sunday afternoon, July 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Howard Funeral Home in Boonville, Mo. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville with Fr. Mark Smith officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the church cemetery.
Kenneth Bernard Kempf was born June 1, 1933, in Boonville, MO., the son of Emil Kempf and Iola Young Kempf. He married Doris Lorenz on January 26, 1953, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville, MO. Kenny proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean war. He received two purple hearts, along with several other military accommodations. Kenny enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, coaching and watching baseball, and practicing taxidermy. He worked as a butcher all his life here in the Boonslick area. Kenny enjoyed spending Sundays with his family, especially his grandkids.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Iola, brothers, Dale and Frank Kempf, daughter, Deborah Bruce and son-in-law, John Ernst. He is survived by his wife, Doris Kempf, as well as a son, Bobby Joe (Marsha) Kempf and daughter, Donna Ernst, all from Boonville. He is also survived by his son-in-law, David Bruce of Cape Girardeau, MO., brother, Jim Kempf and sister, Dorothy Watson both of Columbia, MO., grandchildren, Kelsey (Joe) Holtzclaw, Kellen (Tiffany) Kempf, Tyler (Paige) Bruce, and great-grandchildren, Cooper and Wrenlee Holtzclaw, Peyton Kempf and Boone Bruce.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: Honor Flight or the Wounded Warriors.