Calvin E. Hempel

July 11, 1924-Dec. 12, 2001

McMINNVILLE — Calvin E. Hempel of McMinnville died Dec. 12, at his home at the age of 77.

He was born July 11, 1924, in Lincoln, Neb., to Rudy and Helen Milligan Hempel. As a child, he moved to Oklahoma, then to California. He then moved to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho for a year, then to Rose Lake, Idaho. He graduated from Coeur d’ Alene High School in 1942.

He entered the U.S. Marine Corp after high school and served in World War II. He received the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged. Every year he would get together with his Re-Con Company Association First Marine Division for a reunion.

He married Getty Blakeman on July 12, 1947, in Lewiston, Idaho. After his military service, he attended Lewis Clark Normal School in Lewiston, Idaho. He then received his masters degree from Washington State University in arts in 1960.

He moved to Hermiston and taught art at the high school for 25 years. He moved to Rainier and taught school there. He retired from teaching in 1977.

The Hempels moved to McMinnville in 1988.

He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Hermiston. His hobbies included traveling and golf. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed his reunions with his Re-Con Marine Division. He also enjoyed visting with people, especially his grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hempel of McMinnville; son, Lonnie Hempel of Gresham; grandson, Kelby Hempel of Rexburg, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Saturday, Dec. 15, with Father Richard Treadwell officiating. A private family interment was held.

Contributions may be made to Health Dynamics Hospice in care of Macy and Son. Macy and Son was in charge of the arrangements.

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