|Todd A. Kempf|
|September 04, 1972 - April 20, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday April 24, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday April 25, 2012 at St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 31st Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Todd A. Kempf, 39, of Rock Island, died Friday, Apr. 20, 2012 at his home.|
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Private burial will be later. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or to the Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America.
Todd was born on Sept. 4, 1972 in Moline, a son of William and Joelyn Cardwell Kempf. He graduated from Rockridge High School in 1990 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Augustana College in 1995. Todd was employed by Quad-Cities Online.
He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island and was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 7 of Davenport. Todd had been active in scouting for many years and was an Eagle Scout, member of the Order of the Arrow and received the Silver Beaver award. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed snow and water skiing, boating, camping and fishing. Todd especially loved his family and spending time with them.
Survivors include his parents; Bill and Jo Kempf, Milan; brother and sister-in-law, Travis and Angela Kempf, Morton, Ill.; nephew, Tyler Kempf and niece, Leigha Kempf, both of Morton; and numerous, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
Todd, you're gone well before your time and will be missed. My thoughts are with your family...
Todd was such a young, energetic, intellegent and fun person. I worked with him and enjoyed him so much. I really can't believe he is no longer with us. That instead he is among us. He physical presence will be missed emencely. He will always be in my heart. I'm so sorry to the family for your loss.
-- Patti Bellman
You have all been a second family to us for a long time, and our hearts are hurting for you all. We will miss "Uncle Todd", especially at the birthday parties and ski trips. Love and prayers to you all...
-- Dee Anne, Bill , Jacob & Lauran Reimers
We will miss you, brother. You were a mentor and a friend.
-- Scott McFarland
I worked with Todd many years ago and he was a great person. My condolences to the family and my prayers go out to you.
-- James Paul
I am so sorry for your loss. Todd was a good friend of mine and the world will be less of a place without him. I am very sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral, but I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.
-- fletcher ross
RIP buddy, your smile and infectious goodness will be missed. Thank you for being part of our lives and allowing us to be part of yours.
-- Derek Fuller.
I can't believe you are gone! I worked so closely with you on our Order of the Arrow Lodge records while I was Lodge Advisor. you will be missed by everyone that served with you! Konepaka Ketiwa Lodge #38 has suffered a tremendous loss!
-- jim waymack
We will miss you Todd. Goodbye my friend.
-- Eric Alfon
We will miss you Todd. Goodbye my friend.
-- Eric Alfon
Todd will be greatly missed. Through the BSA, I got the privlidge of being both a scout that Todd taught at Camp, and later, a counselor along with Todd. Todds enthusiasm, and true passion for Scouting is going to be a great loss for all that know him.
-- Eric Prosise
Your Snowstar family will miss you greatly. Always knew you were there on a powder day.
-- Chad Mayerhofer
So sorry to hear about Todd's passing. Hope he found that powder stash in the sky. He will be greatly missed.
-- Krista Driscoll
Todd, may you Rest In Peace. I remember you from junior high...and you were ALWAYS a class act! We sat near each other in writing class. Seeing your picture (now), you look exactly the same. 39 is way too young. Praying for your family.
-- Marlon Hall
I am sorry for your loss of Todd. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family. I grew up in church at St. James with Todd. I remember him as a very smart, funny, and nice guy.
-- Corinna McClellan (Cori Burns)
I was deeply sad when I heard that Todd has passed.. I have known Todd for a long time...What a wonderful person he was and I enjoyed our visits all the time... My thoughts and prayers are with all of you...
-- Claire Barnhouse
Todd, I'm very saddened to learn that you have left us so soon. You gave your best to this life and lived it to the fullest. I am privileged to know you and glad I was able to share in your life. You made sure we had everything covered when we were running the Alluns OA chapter and we had so many great days skiing and camping together. I know you are shredding the deep stuff up yonder. I will miss you my friend.
-- Rich Puder
Thank you for being a good friend, both in Scouting and personally. We will never forget that you were our son's best man at his wedding, and the many times we set around a dinner table together. May God give you peace, and blessings and understanding to your family.
-- Terry and Gretchen Poffinbarger
So sad and shocked to hear of Todd's passing. Todd and his family were among the most decent people in Rock Island's Suncrest Addition when I was growing up. I hadn't seen Todd since the Augustana days. My thoughts are with his family.
-- David Heitz
Todd -- I am so thankful to have had you as a part of one of the most truly special times of my life, Loud Thunder Boy Scout camp in the 90's. Indeed, you were an integral part of making that experience what it was. You have left this world far too early, but I pray you find the peace you so deserve. My deepest condolences to all of your family and the what must have been the literally hundreds of those who called you 'Friend' that you leave behind and will forever miss you but stand as a legacy of your gracious spirit. God Bless!
-- Gregory T. Anderson
I just want to send my condolences and prayers out to the family. I worked with Todd a short time and we was a very warm person and he will be missed.
-- Melodye Alston
It has been many years, but I remember sharing some good days on the snow with Todd. He was a nice guy to know.
-- Michael Harrington
Jo & Family, You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. We know what you are going through as we lost our son in Nov. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Charles & Maureen Archibald
Members of Salem Lutheran Church
-- Charles & Maureen Archibald
I am extremely sadden on the passing of Todd. All the years that I was with him in life and in Scouting was very short. Surely the Lord will welcome him into his arms. Love to the family and all the friends that were around him in his very short life.
Will see you on the other side of the veil someday, to work with you again. Cheers
-- Harry & Kathy Galley
Todd, I have known you for almost 20 years through Scouting and every year out at Loud Thunder everyone who ever went through your classes or had the pleasure of working with you really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures you were taking of the mushrooms and deer that you had gotten from back home. They were great reminders of all the fun stuff and memories I have from back home. My condolences go out to your family and friends you will always be missed and never forgotten. Soar with the Eagles in heaven my brother and just remember we are all thinking about you here on earth.
-- Gary Ruffcorn
Our sympathies to all. Bill was just telling me the news when his phone rang and our son, Jake, called. Bill and Jake knew Todd threw Boy Scouts. Bill and I were gone when you both attended Vdc, but we were able to attend Jo's retirement festivities from Salem and able to visit with all three of you at that time. May God grant you peace and healing through this time of grief and know that Todd is in a much better place. - Melzee (LWVdC #1)
-- Pr. Bill and Melzee Jacobson
RIP friend. You were a great person to know.
-- Jonathan Graham
We are so sorry for your loss and know how much you must be hurting to lose Todd so soon. We will always remember his twinkling smile and sense of humor. You are in our prayers. May time and memories bring you peace...
-- Angie, John, Ellery, and Garrett Brock
Never will forget stopping along Interstate 80 on the way back fromthe 1988 NOAC and trading patches with you and Harry Galley, You will be greatly missed my brother!
-- Charlie Tanner
Thank you for everything Todd. You made a difference in so many young lives...
-- Ethan Davis
Todd...I never knew you as an adult, except on Facebook. I'll always know you as the little boy I babysat on Sunday evenings. RIP Todd...rest peacefully.
-- Toni Dow
Todd, your absence from now on will be felt in many venues. Your talents, work ethic, intelligence, love of life, and cares and concerns for so many around you are now silenced but your memory will live in many of our hearts forever. You were a special guy and Heaven now receives those attributes.
Our sincere sympathy to your parents and family and all those who were close to you.
-- Bob and Jan Fulwider
Most of my earliest childhood memories involve Todd and the Kempf family. He was a wonderful friend and they were a welcoming and loving family. Todd will always have a place in my heart and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Jo and Travis.
Todd was a great guy and I will always remember the skiing and camping trips we experienced together. Todd was always so full of positivity and life. It's hard to imagine the pain he was in to drive him to make this choice. He will be missed.
-- Collin D
Todd troop seven and i miss you. you were a great ski partner at snow star. the order of the arrow was very important to you but now we know that you are with god and that you live with us forever. i hope that you will be waiting for us for the ski slops and the rivers an bike paths in heaven. we will miss you. rest in peace. -Adam b
-- Adam B
Todd was a wonderful person. We shared many scouting and other adventures. We are deeply saddend by Todd's death.
-- Mark and Sandi Davis
Todd, troop 7 and I miss you. You were a great mentor and scout leader. I personally was looking forward to taking the water skiing merit badge that you were going to teach along with other scouts too. Its hard to believe that you are gone you are gone. But i know that you are going on the rivers, bike paths, and ski slopes of heaven. I hope that you will be there when it is our time. I know that i will see you with god i miss you. rest in peace old friend. - Adam
-- Adam B
I worked with Todd many years ago. He was a brilliant Unix Administrator. It was my privilege to work with him.
My condolences to his family on their loss. His enthusiasm will be missed.
-- Stephen M. Rebro
I am so sorry for you lose of Todd. He was such a nice young man. May God be with you during this difficult time of saying good bye to your son, brother and uncle. God is good all the time.
-- Bob & Marlene Phillips
Skiing just won't be the same without seeing Todd's smiling face on the hill. I'm going to miss him so much. Prayers for peace and healing to Todd's family and all who loved him.
-- Jo Drahos
Todd was a very important leader and mentor in Troop 7. He played a very important role in all of our lives. Todd was an adventurer, now he roams the rivers, bike paths and ski slopes of heaven. I know that we all miss him and that he will live in our hearts forever, but he is in a better place and he will be waiting for us when it is our time. Rest in peace Todd - Adam
-- Adam B troop 7
What a beautiful young man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
-- carol foss
dear bill and jo I am so sorry to hear of your sons death. I cannot imagine the pain this has caused you please accept my deepest sympathies and if there is anything i can do for you all you have to do isjust give me a call may god bless you and keep you in his prayers always love you guys always karen schreiner mussmann
-- karen schreiner mussmann
Todd was a very likeable person, we will miss him very much. I wish we could turn back time. My Prayers are with you. God Bless You
-- Vickie Ray
Jo & family,
My thoughts & prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
-- Marilynn Ausherman
Todd, your smile and energy will be missed by everyone you have met. Some of my favorite memories of working at Loud Thunder included you. Scouting will not be the same without you.
-- Jodie Berger
While I only knew Todd for a couple years, many years ago, he made a deep and lasting impression. He was a kind, generous man, full of energy and compassion, who gave generously of his time and many talents. He will be missed.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
-- Jon Clauss
You were always there for me when I needed help. Even way back when I was a webelos you helped me make a ceremonial breastplate out of sticks, I struggled but you were patient. I worked at camp because you had convinced me that I needed character even though I was stuck in the nasty kitchen. Then later you helped me learn my part as Allowat sakima, as I was nervous you kept cheering me on. I want you to know it was your all night conversation that convinced me to complete my eagle. Away from camp you took me waterskiing and it was the worst experience ever but you always kept me trying. You donated money to help my new twins, you cared when no one else did. I will miss you my friend, but I will only remember those great moments of belly laughter when you did "twinkie" at my first staff campfire, be at peace...
-- Brad Rogers
To the Kempf family, I am sorry for your loss...Todd was a mentor to both of my children through Scouting. His enthusiasm and energy touched the lives of so many young Scouts and friends. May the Lord accept you with open arms, the Eagle will soar to new heights. God Bless you and your family
-- Mark Van Hoosier
Todd: As everyone has said, you have left this world way too soon. I also remember you as my nature instructor while I was attending Boy Scout Camp, as being a brother while I was a counselor there. I remember you speaking at both Brian Peterson's and my Eagle Ceremony and being instrumental in me gietting my Vigil in OA. Todd you will be missed by alot of people that you have touched throughout the years. My prayers go to your family.
-- Richie Seibert
Todd, you will be deeply missed my brother. You were one of the first people I met when our Order of the Arrow lodges merged. Anytime I was at a ceremony you were there helping in whatever way you could. Konepaka Ketiwa #38 has lost a valuable member.
-- Steve Pigg
Todd was a fine young man and a great scout. He was good friends with our sons and worked camp with them for years. He will be missed. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.
-- John & Jean Terry
I would like to express my humble sympathy for your loss of a cherished son and brother. As well, I will mourn the loss of Todd and will remember him fondly in the days of our youth when; as a teacher he taught me about plants and constellations, as leader he tried to help me make good decisions, and above all I will remember him as a respected friend. wimacktendick wingolowsik witahemaway
-- J.T. Friel
We all know that our God works in mysterious ways. Please know that we are thinking and praying for all of Todd's family and friends at this sad time. We still must look on the bright side and celebrate his life while he was here on this earth.
Again, we are praying for your comfort at this time.
Our love...Butch & Betty Shaffer
-- Butch & Betty Shaffer
Todd you will be greatly missed. You were a mentor throughout scouting. You coached me through my leadership positions and were so patient with me when I was frustrated. You always made me feel as though whatever problem I had was the most important thing in the world to you and that you would stop at nothing to make me feel better. I will miss you so much.
-- John Gilbert
We are so sorry for your loss of Todd. Every time we saw him at church he always had a big bright smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
-- Stacy, Mike, Jordan, Hunter Merrill
I'am sorry to here about Todd's passing he is with God now. I went to the same high school me my sister mom and dad lived across the road. He was really good in the garden and nature. Him and me went out into the woods on his mom and dad's place. He was showing me what you can eat and what you can not eat. I was born in 1970 he will be with us all. Let his sprit be free with God amen.
-- Wesley Lootens
Jo, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Jan Tandy
Todd... I am completely beside myself of your passing. Your presence and dedication to the outdoors and people were well recognized and greatly appreciated. You will be truly missed by many. God speed my friend.
-- Bobby Nash & The Snowstar Youth Ski Team
I'm so sorry for the loss of your son Todd. My sister and I always looked forward to summers at grandma's house and all the adventures with your boys. Your family is in my prayers.
-- Gretchen (Ruth & Bobby Battin's grandaughter)
I remember meeting you at Craig L Eagle Scout project and introduced myself as Tommy Slammi. I remember you helping me through the rough and hard times with my family and scouts. You were truely a good friend. I think about you everyday and every night. You made a huge impact on my life. Wish you were around bud. Miss you tons.
-- Thomas Richardson (Tommy Slammi)