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The Karl Erik Kempe Family Home Page

Updated July 2, 2003

The Kempe family name comes from Sweden. The original spelling of the name in Sweden is "Kämpe", but since there is not a character in the English language like that, we use the letter "e". We do pronounce the "e" at the end. The English name Kempe does not pronounce the "e" at the end. They say "Kemp".Both of my parents came from Sweden from a province named Småland which is in the south-east part of Sweden. My father came over in 1904 and my mother in 1914.I have researched back to my great-great grandfathers on both sides. If you care to know more, I will be glad to share with you.
I was born in 1926 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. I attended school in Chicago Heights and graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1944. The day after i graduated, I entered the US Navy on active duty and served in the Pacific aboard a Destroyer Escort during the war. After I was discharged, i attended the University of Illinois for one year and then transferred to Purdue University. I graduated in 1950 and shortly thereafter we were married. This year we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. During my work years I did Mechanical Engineering doing mechanical design and ultimately ending up as a salesman for the Whiting Corporation. I retired at the age of 62 in 1988 and have enjoyed over 12 years of retirement.
My wife is Jacquelin (Jackie). She retired from Ford Motor Company where she served in the comptrollers office. She had 25 years of service with Ford in the Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights.
We have been blessed with 4 sons who each have great wives and each family has 2 boys and 1 girl. That makes 12 grandchildren.And, I might add.....We all love the Lord.

To bring you up to date, it is now June, 2003. We have been married for 53 years.
Two grandchildren have graduated from the University, and three more are in college. One grandson is in the US Coast Guard. We have stopped having grandchildren at the number of 12.

Karl Erik Kempe
104 Oak Grove, Bethany Beach #62
Sawyer, Michigan 49125
A-United States
(269) 426-8163

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