Lawrence "Butch" Kempton, Sr.
Lawrence "Butch" Kempton Sr. was born on June 12, 1940, the son of Roland and Cecelia (Hase) Kempton. He passed away from congestive heart failure on February 5, 2018.
Butch loved to repair and restore cars. He was the owner of D & L Autobody in Superior until his retirement in 2012. He especially loved the various Cadillacs and convertibles he owned throughout the years. He once went to purchase a lawn mower and to his wife's dismay returned with a new Oldsmobile Bravada. He finally appeased her when he purchased a Cadillac El Dorado and put her initials on a personalized license plate. MKK 79 defied the quiet ride of a Cadillac when he put duel glasspacks on it because Mary Kay liked the "rumble." His most recent purchase was on a lunch outing from the nursing home when he purchased a Cadillac De Ville. Yes, on an outing from the nursing home. He was also devoted to his little dog, Buddy, who brought him a great deal of happiness. Butch was a former member of the Elks Lodge 403 and Moose Lodge 606.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Mary Kay, a son, Robert Dawson Kempton, his brother William Kempton, and sister Rosemary Hanson. He is survived by his children, Lori Kempton, Kim Kowitz, Lawrence "Butch" Jr., and Christopher. His sisters Jean (Donald) Wallin and Marjorie (John) Garin, and his brother James (Hazel) Kempton. His grandchildren Jessa Wicklund, Dylan Ramage, Alex Simard, Ashley McDonald, Ben (Kira) Kowitz, and Chelsea (Gene) Russell, as well as great grandchildren Sonja Russell, Riley Russell, and Adin McDonald. He will also be missed by Victoria Main, Ruby Komanti and many other special relatives and friends.
A celebration of Butch's life will be held at Downs Funeral Home 1617 North 19th St., Superior on Saturday, February 10, at 11:00 am with Father Adam Laski, celebrant. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be James Kitter, Dennis Aho, Dylan Ramage, Gene Russell, Patrick Remington and Dave Eckberg.
The family would like to thank the staff at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation for their wonderful care and kindness during Butch's illness as well as Essentia Hospice staff.
Recently Butch said, "What good is life if you don't have a sense of humor." We agree.
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