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Jack Kempter

Jack Kempter, 71, of Waubay, SD passed away on Friday September 4, 2020 at his home in Waubay. Graveside Services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday September 10, 2020 at Lakewood Cemetery near Waubay. Military honors will be provided by Vietnam Veteran of America NESD Chapter 1054. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Jack’s family. Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster is handling the arrangements. Fiksdalfuneral.com Jack Russell Kempter was born on March 7, 1949 in Richwood, West Virginia. At 5 years old he was adopted by Don and Barbara (Hinkle) Kempter. The family lived in Fairfield, California until 1962 and they then moved to New Delhi, India where they lived for one year. In 1963 they moved to Waubay, South Dakota. Jack graduated from Waubay High School in 1967. After his education Jack joined the USAF. During his service in the Air Force he was stationed in Vietnam and in 1970 was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Barrett on April 30, 1971. Jack attended diesel mechanic school in Arkansas and in 1973 he joined the United States Navy and retired in 1990. The couple lived in California from 1988-1996. In 1996 they moved back to Waubay where he served as American Legion Commander, President of Vietnam Veteran Of America NESD Chapter 1054 for five years as well as VVA State President for two years. He was a volunteer fireman and Jack also worked at the Waubay High School doing custodial work. He enjoyed working on cars, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, mud bogging with his 4-wheeler, and above all else he cherished spending time with his family and friends. Jack passed away on Friday September 4, 2020 at his home in Waubay, SD at the age of 71 years, 5 months, and 28 days. Jack will be deeply missed by his wife, Kathryn Kempter of Waubay, SD; one son James Kempter of Somers, MT; two daughters Katrina Kurkowski of Grenville, SD and Shannon Little of Wichita Falls, TX; one brother Kirk (Pam) Kempter of Sioux City, IA; two sisters Karen (Don) Ludens of Armour, SD and Kathleen (Orris) Swayze of Wilmot, SD; mother-in-law Patty Barrett of Waubay, SD; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jack Jr., and an infant grandson.

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Hi family of are friend jack .well now your at peace my friend .god seen you were tired so he call you home .well family,s your in my prayers all of you he will be missed by all of you but he happy now he will jesus. So take care everyone we love you all love may and Galen.

May Gibson Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed talking to Jack at A & W. He was a great storyteller.

Kathy Pribyl Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM

It was my privilege and honor to come to know Jack through the NESD VVA Chp. 1054 He served as President and super volunteer for many years including leading us on a VVA Honor Flight to Washington DC. I served as Medical Doc. For that trip. His enthusiasm then and continued love for life showed throughout his time of Servant Leadership as President of the NESD VVA Chp. 1054. What a guy!!! It was Gerry, my wife, as well as my privilege to have him be in our lives these last several years! God Bless Jack and all of you who have blessed his life!!! Dr Clark and Gerry Likness.

Clark Likness, MD Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, God bless his memoryߙSo thankful for his military service߇Ѱ߇·Jack always had a smile on his face and a remembered me, a classmate of his sister Kit. Peace and love to all. Heaven has gained a true soldier ߇Ѱ߇· God bless America!! Jeanne Barber Schetnan

Jeanne Schetnan Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

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Thomas VinZant Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

The energy level in town soared when Jack and the Kempter family moved back to Waubay in 1962. Small in stature but large in heart, Jack made himself known immediately to both school personnel and townspeople. None of us could keep up with him. I smile when thinking about all of the fun we had together through the years. Many fishing excursions (including Jack planting a daredevil in my head while fishing at Ortley Pond) and other events with the "Guys." Jack's service to our country in Vietnam was highly respected by all. Am so thankful that our paths traveled together. I love you, Jack!

John Mogen Sep 7 2020 12:00 AM

I checked onboard the Albert David just after they had returned from Westpac in 80.. Jack was one of the first who came an introduced himself. Since I had not been place on duty yet he asked if I would like to take a little ride... Next thing I knew on my way to meet his family near Sacramento. To Jack, my Friend & Shipmate. The Sea.. You may go home to them.... Feeling their arms around you..... You belong to them.... With your family is where you should be...... But we shared our times and adventures.... We did what had to be done... And for a little while.... We were together, as one... And if ever again you stand at my edge Looking out across my waters. You will think back and smile... You will realize again I hold a small part of you, in me..... You are still a part of me.... Welcome back my old friend.... It's good to see you too... No matter how long it's been..... And always remember, I'll always be here for you Your forever friend..... The Sea.....

John Glass Sep 6 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to Jacks family. Im so glad our lives crossed paths, you will be missed Jack.

Tiffany Walker Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

Jackie: I will miss your humor and positive attitude, but most of all I will miss your hugs and visits. I hope you and Tom are having coffee and conversation. Rest with the Angels my dear friend. I am happy you are no longer in pain, but you will always be in my thoughts. Kathy and family: I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest sympathies to all of you as you walk through this sad time. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Linda Walters Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Kempter

Linda Walters Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM