Lawrence William Kempf, 83, of Sedalia, died March 12, 2013 at Katy Manor Nursing Home, Pilot Grove. He was born on January 12, 1930, in Clear Creek, Mo., a son of John Kempf and Emma Newman.
On July 15, 1954 in Pilot Grove, he was married to Patricia Braden, who survives of the home.
He served his country honorably in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, Sedalia office from 1959-1985.
He enjoyed being outdoors: hunting, fishing, hauling fruit and gardening. He loved to cook and have Sunday family dinners. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and former member of Moose Lodge 1494, Sedalia.
He is survived by five children, Carl (Marsha) Kempf, Robert (Laura) Kempf, Chris Kempf, James Kempf and Michael Kempf, all of Sedalia; two sisters, Loretta
Kempf of Pilot Grove and Dorothy Young of Salsibury; seventeen grandchildren, Jill, Andrew, Joanne, Alisha, Tyler, Kaytlin, Chastity, Samantha, Hannah, Aaron, Angie, Brittany, Nikki, Brittni, Kyle, Blake, Jessie and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Alice Blank; and three brothers, Ben, Edward and Carl Kempf.
Rosary and prayer service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 15 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia. Family will receive friends following from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Parrish or School of Sedalia in care of the funeral chapel.