Shelbyville Daily Union

Obituaries

September 4, 2013

Joseph "Joe" C. Kempe

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Joseph "Joe" C. Kempe

Shelbyville

Joseph "Joe" C. Kempe, 94, formerly of Nokomis & Gillespie, died September 1, 2013 at Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care. 

He was born July 10, 1919 in DeSoto, MO to Ernest and Hazel Kempe. Joe worked as a printer and proofreader and in his younger years he traveled from city to city as a "tramp printer" at area newspapers. He later worked for St. Louis Post Dispatch until his retirement. Joe had a unique sense of humor and for several years published a humor magazine called BLIP (Brave Little Impossible Publication) which was mailed all over the United States. He was a co founder of the "Bottomleg-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum" in Nokomis, IL. He worked many long hours in this endeavor and was very proud to have had a part in seeing it grow. Joe married Oka Sands Wicker in December of 1963. 

He leaves sons Eugene (Betty) of Livingston, Texas and Joseph Kempe Jr. of Chandler, Arizona, niece Kathy Smalling of Decatur, step daughter in law, Karen Clausen of Assumption, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his step son, Charles Clausen, nephew, Jerry Smalling, sister, Mary Louise Cheatham, and brother Ernest Kempe. 

Joe's body was donated to science at his request. There will be no services. Memorials may be given in his honor to the Baseball Museum in Nokomis and should be sent to Kravanya Funeral Home for delivery. The family would like to thank the staff at Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care for the excellent care and kindness they have shown Joe for the past two and a half years. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Dennis White.jpg Dennis J. White

    Dennis J. White, 70, formerly of Shelbyville, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2014, in the V.A. Medical Center in Marion, Illinois.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cassandra L. Pollard

    Cassandra L Pollard, 44, of Effingham Illinois, formerly of Vandalia Illinois, died Friday, April 19.

    April 24, 2014

  • Kenneth Dean Childress.jpg Dean Childress

    Kenneth Dean Childress, 92, of Trilla, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Coles County, Illinois.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marva Jean Perry

    Marva Jean Perry, 75, of Effingham, IL, passed away at 7:34 PM Saturday April 19, 2014 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

    April 21, 2014

  • Marva Jean Perry

    Marva Jean Perry 75 of Effingham, IL, passed away at 7:34 PM Saturday April 19, 2014 in her home.

    April 20, 2014

  • Linda Nees.jpg Linda D. Nees

    Linda Darlene Nees, 59, of Shelbyville, IL, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, IL.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Glasscock.jpg Elizabeth Lois "Betty" Glasscock

    Elizabeth Lois “Betty” Glasscock, 87, of Gays IL, passed away at 8:45 PM Friday April 18, 2014 in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doris Niehls.jpg Doris Jean Niehls

    Doris Jean Niehls, age 80, of Barto, PA passed on from this life Wednesday, March 26 2014. She died on the family farm at the home of her son Jonathan and his wife Mary (Colden), with loving family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Linda D. Nees

    Linda D. Nees, 59, of Shelbyville, IL, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, IL.

    April 17, 2014

  • Wanda King.jpg Wanda June King

    Wanda June (Schwenker) King, 76 of Forsyth, IL (formerly of Shelbyville, IL) was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM at home in Forsyth, IL with her loving family by her side.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Poll

Do you think the United States should become more involved in the advancements of Russia into the Ukraine?

Yes, militarily
Yes, as peacemakers
No
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium