Charles (Chuck) Kempas passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. He was born in Sedro Woolley, WA, to Frank and Hattie (Wright) Kempas on August 8, 1934.
Raised during the Depression, Chuck’s family lived in Washington, Colorado, and California, eventually settling in Roseburg in 1947, where he remained until his passing. He especially loved living on Grand Mesa, with his parents and brother, Dick, on his parent’s ranch, The Big Muddy.
Chuck graduated Roseburg High School in 1953. He worked at several jobs before going to work Roseburg Lumber. After serving in the US Army from 1960 to 1963, Chuck returned home and his job at Roseburg Lumber, where he ultimately retired as a foreman Carlyn Panel.
After a long courtship, Chuck married the love of his life, Eva J. Williams on February 3, 1979. Chuck and Eva loved to travel, go camping, spend time with their family, and just be together. They loved road trips, taking hundreds of photographs. He reminisced about sitting on the back deck of their home that they built and just watching the stars, or feeding the deer, squirrels, and birds from that same deck. The huge family reunions in the summers were legendary. Family was very important.
Chuck and Eva were active in the Dillard Church of God, an important part of their lives. They were very giving people, caring for Eva’s cousin Roberta for many years. When Eva suffered a major stroke, Chuck lovingly cared for her exclusively for many years until she passed in 2011. His love for her stayed strong for the remainder of his life. His devoted care of Eva was repaid when his granddaughter, Cheryl (Jason) Keough, cared exclusively for him in his last days.
Chuck is survived by his sons, David (Betty) Kempas, Carol (Jones) Munch (Ron), Johnny (Linda) Jones, Jimmie (Rocky) Williams, and Ronald (Joe) Williams; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and cousin, Carl Tynisma of Canada. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; brother, Dick; and daughter, Linda Jones.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Dillard Church of God, 205 4th Street, Dillard, OR.