Naden Kempf

Naden Kempf


November 14, 1950 - January 18, 2023


Naden Kempf, 72, of Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A memorial service and interment will be held in the spring at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Naden Larry Kempf was born November 14, 1950, to Rudolph and Eva (Wessel) Kempf. He spent his childhood on the family farm north of Timber Lake, SD. He attended the Chapel School and graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1968. After graduation, he worked on a combine crew out of Onida, SD until harvest ended in the fall. Upon completion of an automotive mechanic’s course, Naden worked in that field until he entered the Air Force.

Naden served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1987, including tours of duty in Vietnam, Germany, California, and Florida. After his service, Naden settled in Mitchell, SD and worked for the city sanitation department, and as a mechanic at a Standard filling station.

Naden was a quiet, gentle, kind person. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching quiz shows where he was always quick with the answer. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Naden is survived by his brothers, Norman (Sylvia) of Lincoln, Nebraska and Vern (Lynn) of Chardon, Ohio, and his sister, Arlis of Melbourne, Australia. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Eva (Wessel) Kempf.


Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD

Posted by Monica Garreau-Schmidt on January 26, 2023
Naden was a classmate of mine. He was always a kind and gentle person who would help anyone he met. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for Naden and his family.
Posted by Mary Lou Reich Kraft on January 25, 2023
So sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Sharon Stanek Olson on January 24, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Prayers
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