Robert Ray Hempel

September 30, 1945February 9, 2019

Robert Ray Hempel, 73, went home to our Lord on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Visitation will be 12:00-2:00pm, Monday, February 11, 2019, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services will follow at 2:00pm in the funeral home chapel with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Bob was born September 30, 1945, in Laredo, Texas, a son of the late William Hempel and Mary Lee Malone Hempel. Bob served our country in the U.S. Air Force and attended Conquerors Bible College. He enjoyed a lengthy career in sales and installation of commercial air freshening products with his company, The Good Scents. A true “people person”, Bob loved to be around others, simply talking and sharing life stories. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and working in his yard, especially with his tomato plants. Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Ruby J. Hempel; daughter, Shirley Hempel; son, Chris Hempel and wife Lisa; sisters, Donna Enloe, Karen Lundt, and Mary Koppenhaven; brothers, Mike Hempel, Bill Hempel, and Glenn Hempel; grandsons, Bradley and Christon Hempel; granddaughters, Kristina Hempel, Ashley May, and Dystine Hale; 5 great-grandchildren; and his beloved church family. To share condolences, please visit


  • Ruby J. Hempel, Wife
  • Shirley Hempel, Daughter
  • Chris Hempel, Son
  • Donna Enloe, Sister
  • Karen Lundt, Sister
  • Mary Koppenhaven, Sister
  • Mike Hempel, Brother
  • Bill Hempel, Brother
  • Kristina Hempel, Grandchild
  • Ashley May, Grandchild
  • Dystine Hale, Grandchild
  • Bradley Hempel, Grandchild
  • Christon Hempel, Grandchild
  • Five Great-Grandchildren


  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019

Robert Ray Hempel

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Benjamin Ketcherside

February 12, 2019

I met Bob in San Antonio Tx at the UPCI Church pastored by Rev L.E. King, in 1966. We were both in the military.
I lost track of him but we met in October 1999 in Harrison, Ar.
He helped me to get started with my VA benefits. He introduced me to life Harvest church where my wife and I still attend.
We worshipped, prayed, laughed, went fishing, and ran all over north Arkansas and south Missouri with his air freshener business.
I never met anybody as friendly as Bob. He loved his family and when he moved to Mississippi to be with his kids, I really missed him. I failed to communicate a lot, but he kept up with me.
He loved his God. They are together now.
I didn’t realize I would miss him this much.
He was a special kind of guy and I am blessed to have known him.
I will see you by the river Bob