Sioux County

Pfc. John A. Kempers


Killed in Action

Pfc. John A. Kempers, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Kempers of near Hull, was reported "Killed in Action" in France on Friday, August 18.

John entered the service on March 18, 1943. He received his basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. His last furlough which he spent with friends and relatives here was in January, 1944. In June he left the States and went to England and arrived in France on July 17.

John is a graduate of the local High School graduating in 1940. Prior to his entrance into the service he was employed on his father's farm.

He leaves to mourn his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Kempers, sister Joan age 13, two brothers, Orville, 19, and Gerrit Jr. 12, and his fiancée Miss Florence Scheffer of Carmel, also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kempers of Sioux Center.

Source: The Sioux Center News, August 24, 1944 (photo included)

Memorial Service For Pfc. John Kempers Friday, Sept. 1

The memorial services for Pfc. John A. Kempers, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Kempers who was killed in action in France on Friday, Aug. 18, will be held in the First Reformed Church Friday afternoon September 1, at 1:00 p.m.  Rev. L. A. Brunsting will officiate and he will deliver a message on the text taken from Rev. 12: 11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb; and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Special music will be given by a men’s quartette, John Wm. Kroon, Gerald, Elrich and Marvin Vermeer, who will sing, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” And by a mixed quartette, Mary Jean DeZeeuw, Arlene Kroon, Gerald Vermeer and John Kroon, who will sing, “Sometime We’ll Understand.” The American Legion gold star citation will be awarded by Mr. George DeRuyter.

Sioux Center business places will be close on Friday afternoon from 1:00 o’clock until 3 P.M. during the Memorial Services for John Kempers, who was killed in action in France.

Source:  The Sioux Center News, August 31, 1944