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Don Kempf

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HELPER - Our dear friend and father, Don C. Kempf, age 67, passed away at the Road House in Helper on March 22, 2010.

He was born Oct. 27, 1942 in Muscatine, Iowa.

Don joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world extensively finally settling in Helper in 2000. When he came through the kitchen door of the Mission in Helper, he instantly became the cook. Over the years at the Mission, Don probably served 50,000 meals out of that kitchen.

He cooked soup for the seniors of Mt. View Meadows once a month for two years and was a dear friend to all he met. He always had time to talk and spend time with the kids with addiction problems and helped a number of them get straight. We do not know a lot about Don in his early life, but we know that he will be missed by a number of good friends here in Carbon County. One could think he just took the last morning train out of Helper.

Survived by his daughter, Tonia Brassart, Muscatine, Iowa; closest friends, Scheal Wayman and his granddaughter with the new baby; Lynda Varner, friends, staff and residents at the Housing Authority; Pat Gonzales, Colleen Robertson, the Vansoelen's Bill and Irene and the Fifties Diner Staff, Moose, Mikey, residents at the Road House; the banker at Wells Fargo; the butcher at R&A Market; the barber of Helper Main Street were all good friends to Don.

Memorial service, Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 a.m. at the Road House Community Room in Helper. Don's interment will be in Muscatine, Iowa in the family plot. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are invited to view and sign the guestbook online at

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