Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Dr. Robert Stout will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30-8 p.m. at Boothby Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Francis was born on Feb. 15, 1946 at Cherokee, to Henry H. and Avis L. (Wright) Hempel. He was a resident of rural Quimby in Pilot Township all his life. He farmed with his dad for many years and later with the Husman Family. He enjoyed World of Outlaws sprint car races, especially the Saturday night races in Jackson, Minn., attending the Clay County Fair, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Pamela Hempel.
Francis is survived by his brother Dwayne Hempel and his wife Karen of Quimby; nephew: Paul Hempel of Quimby, and great nephew Alexander Hempel of Fort Dodge.