Funeral Services were held on Jan. 30 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand officiated. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee at a later date.
Gary Hempel was born on June 10, 1939 in Cherokee to Walter and Shirley (Wheelock) Hempel. He attended school in Quimby graduating in 1957. Gary then went on to attend Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Mo. In 1962 he joined the United States Army and served until 1964.
On July 3, 1965 he married Juanita King in Quimby. For several years Gary drove a truck for Stevenson Trucking in Quimby and then All American Transport Services. During this time he and his brother Larry farmed. Gary worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institution in the maintenance department for 28 years, retiring in 2000. He loved to play golf and watch the Iowa Hawkeyes. His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Walter Hempel.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; a son, Chris Hempel and his wife, Jennifer, of Ankeny; a daughter, Lauren Rohweder and her husband, Brett, of Ankeny; grandchildren, Tanner, Carter, and Malerie Rohweder; Lucas and Carson Hempel; his mother, Shirley Fogleman of Cherokee; two brothers, Larry Hempel and his wife, Sharon, of Quimby, and Dennis Hempel of Cherokee.