Allen Dale Kemple
1922 - 2014
Allen Dale Kemple, 91 of Electra, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, at his home.
Celebration of Life services were held at 2 p.m., Monday at Aulds Funeral Home.
Burial was held at the Electra Cemetery.
Allen Dale was born Sept. 1922, to Allen Kemple and Nan Flippin Kemple on the Waggoner Red River Ranch near Electra. He lived in Electra his entire life, except for his time at college and service in the US Air Corps. He attended Electra High, University of Texas, Austin and North Texas State. He served in World War II in April 1943, and completed basic training at Sheppard Field, and then to Nebraska for advanced training. He became an airplane mechanic working on B-17 and B-29 bombers and joined the 505th Bombardment Group. In 1944 the Group was assigned to Tinian Island in the Pacific and remained there until the end of World War II. He flew over the surrender ceremony on the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo harbor in 1945. He was an active member of the 505th Bombardment Group veterans and attended their annual conventions. He attended an Honor Flight trip to Washington in 2011 with other World War II veterans. He worked at K&K Grain alongside his parents until they retired; he then ran the company until 2002.
He was an avid golfer, bird hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Electra Chuck Wagon Gang. He later became interested in photography and genealogy.
He married Joyce Cross in 1946 and remarried in 1963 to Patricia Thompson.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Kemple of Electra; children, Kathleen Rose of Dallas, Stuart Wood of Trophy Club, Karen Holmes of Electra, and Gary Kemple of Austin; stepdaughter,s Patricia Smith of Electra, Ann Byrd of Burkburnett, and Linda Gee of Iowa Park; a brother James Conrad Kemple of Durango, CO.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.