John “Jack” Oliver Hempe U.S. Veteran

November 12, 1926 - December 29, 2012

John Oliver Hempe "Jack", 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012, in his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Jack will always be remembered by his wife Dolores, and their children and grandchildren as a gentleman, and a gentle man who believed in the inherent goodness of everyone he met. He loved his family as unconditionally as anyone could, and throughout his life he happily attended more little league games, scout campouts, school band concerts, ice skating competitions, softball games, school plays, first communions, confirmations, graduations, and weddings than could possibly be estimated. Born on November 12, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri to Henry K. and Grace M. Laspe Hempe, he grew up in South St. Louis where he attended St. John the Baptist High School. In the fall of 1944, he proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard after it was disabled in battle off the coast of Japan, and was honorably discharged from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in late summer of 1946. After the war, Jack attended Washington University in St. Louis for a year and a half, until he met and fell in love with Dolores James, whom he married on June 11, 1949, in St Louis. Jack was an active member of the Jefferson City community for more than 50 years, as a member of the Jefferson City Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the YMCA and Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, as well as a scout master and a little league manager. He is survived by his wife Dolores; their six children, Pam Hempe Jaegers (Hermann), Jim Hempe (New Orleans), Mary Hempe Dingus (St. Louis), John E. Hempe (Jefferson City), Rick Hempe (St. Louis), and Sandy Hempe (Jefferson City); their children's spouses, Roger Jaegers, Lynne Hempe, Steve Dingus, and Nancy Donnay Hempe; their seven grandchildren, Ian Hempe, Mark Hempe, Alex Hempe, Julia Hempe, Mackenzie Hempe, Clare Dingus, and Calahan Hempe. Survivors also include his brother Jim Hempe and wife Mary Ann (Irvine, Calif.), and his sister Carol Hempe Henderson and husband Marlin (Villages, Fla.). He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Robert, Gene, Jerry and Don. Jack Hempe will be missed and fondly remembered by everyone who had the distinct pleasure of knowing him. His endearing spirit will live on through our shared stories of love, laughter and everyday life together. Most people who knew him will remember him for his disarming ability to morph strangers into friends, his whimsical sense of humor, and his uncanny ability to tell and retell humorous stories and anecdotes. He will never be forgotten by those of us who knew him well. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2013. Private graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at the James Community Church and Cemetery near Vienna, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Kidney Assn., Friends of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter, or the James Community Church and Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

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