Henry Frederick Tempel
May 1, 1936 – June 14, 2020
Henry Frederick Tempel, age 84 of Corunna, Michigan, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at home. Henry was born May 1, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Frederick and Mamie (Spatz) Tempel. He attended Garfield Elementary and Hughes High School in Cincinnati. He then attended the School for Officer Training for The Salvation Army in New York City. On April 17, 1965, in Flint, Michigan, Henry married the love of his life, Ruth Yvonne Smith. Before becoming a Salvation Army Officer, Henry worked with his father as a building contractor. During his time as an Assistant Corps Officer with The Salvation Army he served in several cities such as Canton, Ohio; Youngstown, Ohio; Zanesville, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; and Frankfort, Kentucky. He worked in Norwalk, Ohio as a Corps Officer in Charge and in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Divisional Headquarters as a finance trainee, and in Athens, Ohio as a Corps Officer. He also worked in the Audit Department as an assistant auditor, then as an auditor. He moved several times while serving in for The Salvation Army. He moved to Baldwin, Long Island, New York while in the Audit Department, then Divisional Headquarters in Syracuse, New York to work as the Divisional Financial Secretary. His real passion as a Salvation Army minister was the Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). He moved to Boston for ARC training and then worked in Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey. He retired from the Eastern Territory ARC command in Nyak, New York in 2001 to Corunna, Michigan. As an ordained minister of The Salvation Army, he retired with the rank of Major. After retirement, he would assist when other ARC officers were sick or unavailable. He also served as the Chaplain in the fire department of Owosso, member of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Shiawassee City Support Services, and helped out at The Salvation Army in Owosso. Henry was an avid Ohio State fan. His humor was unusual and witty and everyone he met knew he truly cared for them as a person. He shared Jesus’ love with everyone he met. He felt privileged to serve God through The Salvation Army, especially through The Army’s ARCs. Henry is survived by loving wife of 55 years, Ruth; daughters: Yvonne (David Rideout) Tempel and Katherine (Michael) Krompascik; grandchildren: Kendra and Eleanor Rideout, Owen and Grace Krompascik; dear friends: William Pearsall and Michael Bradley; many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents; siblings: Elizabeth Conrad, Mathilda Courter, Frederick Tempel, Jr., and Katherine Smullen. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc. Additional visitation and interment to take place at Spring Grove Funeral Home and Cemetery in Ohio. A Celebration of Henry’s life will be held at a later date. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Flint Citadel Salvation Army or the Owosso Fire Department.
The Salvation Army Flint Citadel
211 W. Kearlsey Street, Flint, Michigan 48502
Owosso Fire Department
202 S. Water Street, Owosso, Michigan 48867
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Henry Frederick Tempel
June 25, 2020
I met Major Tempel and wife at the Jersey City Salvation Army ARC. He is among the most loving people I have ever known. He was instrumental in the start up of the JC Singers. They were a group of men who were in recovery, from drugs/alcohol, who sing through out the Salvation Army locations to the glory of God. On be half of the group and the JC ARC, I want to thank him for the love he shown us and shared with us. To this day I remain clean and of sound mind because of the seeds he planted in my life... I am forever grateful to his family for allowing him to share his life in ways that are impossible to measure. May God continue to hide the family in His unchanging hand, from all hurt, harm, and danger seen and unseen... while Major Tempel family learn to live with the many wonderful memories, that are numerous, that he bestow upon them. God Bless.
June 20, 2020
When Major Henry Tempel was known as Captain Henry Tempel during his assignment as Commanding Officer of the Athens, OH Salvation Army Corps, a hunting experience occurred that is forever remembered in our family. My Dad, Charles (Charlie) Walraven, invited Captain Tempel to go squirrel hunting with him. Apparently Captain Tempel did not have much hunting experience. Just a quick insert here - both my Dad and Captain Tempel were blessed with a "quirky" sense of humor.
Since I was not on the hunting expedition with those two zany men, I can only relay the results of that experience. Captain Tempel had the gun in his hands, which would have been a double barrel shotgun that my Dad owned and used. Apparently when a squirrel was spotted, my Dad instructed Captain Tempel to shoot. Captain Tempel was unaware of the "kick back" that a shotgun has when fired. Unfortunately, he was holding the shotgun up and too close to his face. The result was the loss of his upper two front teeth and a bloody mess as the story goes. Emergency treatment and dental work resulted in the replacement of his two upper front teeth with a partial plate. Captain Tempel learned a new trick with his new teeth. He had great fun in partially pushing that plate out so the two fake teeth would pop out of his mouth part way and startle the unsuspecting child or adult who saw it. On one Sunday morning Captain Tempel was preaching when all of a sudden out popped those two teeth. It was his turn to be startled while the congregation enjoyed a good laugh. The joke was on the Captain this time, who actually blushed a brilliant red before making a short comment about learning his lesson of playing too much with his false teeth. He recovered, in Captain Henry Tempel style, and continued on with his sermon.
Captain Henry Tempel was much loved by all of us who attended the Athens, OH SA Corps during his assignment there. His life made an impact on many souls. Mine was one of them.
June 18, 2020
Warmest condolences to Aunt Ruth and the family. Uncle Henry was a blessing to us all — very religious and thoughtful in his ministerial life but to his nieces and nephews on the Conrad side of the family. He was always very sweet, understanding, charming and funny. He would sound serious, then suddenly he'd crack that smile that let us know he was kidding, or he could keep us laughing all day long with jokes. My mom, his sister Elizabeth Susan, was crazy about him. When they were together, we could feel the familial love radiating from both of them. She passed away in November and Henry was consoling but yet, again, managed to crack jokes and tell affectionate stories of various episodes from their lives.
On behalf of the Conrad family, I wish to thank Henry for his years of good will and positive energy and for his eulogy and blessings at Mom's memorial. One of the landmarks by which we identified ourselves as family has gone with him, the last of the Tempel siblings. The photo below shows Aunt Mathilda, Aunt Ruth, Betty Conrad, Aunt Katherine and Uncle Henry on a rare occasion when they were all together in 1994. Rest in Peace, Henry. We love you very much and our hearts go out to Ruth and the surviving family. He was a good man and a wonderful uncle.
June 18, 2020
I have many great memories with my uncle but my fondest memory by far is the time he took me to New York city for the first time.
I love you and will miss you very much
June 18, 2020
I first met Henry Temple when he was a finance trainee at DHQ in Cincinnati. I was 15 and found him to be a friendly big brother. In retirement he was an active, spiritual presence in Owasso and a faithful soldier of the Flint Citadel Corps.
Patricia (Jones) Gross
June 18, 2020
I met the Major while employed with Dayton ARC. He was a Blessing and God fearing man. He loved people and wanted to be a great mentor. His family will be in my prayers. He seen only persons not race. God has a good solider up in Heaven.
June 17, 2020
You were a good friend and example for what a Salvation Army could/should be. I will never forgot your effervescent spirit, a song, a smile, an ocassional playing of the tambourine.
Bonnie and I have never forgotten that when we moved to THQ in 1989 that your family along with Katherine Tolhurst were the first to greet us and bring us some food to get us started.
Well done God's faithful servant. Enjoy His rest.
June 17, 2020
While safety concerns and distance mean we won't be able to be with you, Sara, Eric, Jan and I are keeping Aunt Ruth, Yvonne and Katherine in our thoughts and prayers. We appreciated Henry's devotion, service to others and his love of life and know you will miss him. Be comforted in knowing he made a difference in many lives.
God bless you all.
June 17, 2020
Maj.Temple or Herman as he and I joked was at Dayton Ohio ARC when we met 8 years ago.Instant friends and pals.I loved him and his sense of humor.Mostly I loved his love for his wife and for the ARC.He showed me how to be firm but fair and his faith was strong.We and the world are better for having known him. Rest in the arms of Jesus.......