John Robert Wempe

January 23, 1936January 11, 2020

John Robert (Jack) Wempe, 83, of Brooksville FL, passed away there at the HPH Hospice House surrounded by his family on Jan 11, 2020. Jack was born in Topeka KS on Jan 23, 1936, the second of five sons of G.A. and Ruth J. Wempe. Before graduating from Hayden High School in Topeka, he was named an all-state athlete in basketball. He graduated from Washburn University in 1958. Jack married Shirley Anne Brown on Aug 29, 1959 in Topeka KS and spent 60 wonderful years of marriage with her. She survives him along with their four children and their spouses: Susan and Glenn Erdman, Mount Dora FL; Sara and Ret. Lt. Col. Malcolm E. Earles, Monroe NC; Drs. David and Stacy Wempe, Spring Hill FL; and Brenda and Bob Wempe, Houston TX; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; Brothers Joe Wempe (Debbie) and Jim (Joan) Wempe, of Topeka KS and sisters in law Barbara (Larry) Van Meter of Sunrise Beach, MO and Ginny Hill of Bartlett TN. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Jerry Wempe and Bill Wempe. Jack began working for JC Penney Co in 1961 in Albuquerque NM. He had a distinguished career in local, district and regional management positions for 34 years and retired in 1996 in Greenville MS as a store manager. Jack’s participation in the communities where he lived was extensive: Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, United Way, Rotary, Mall Associations, Downtown Merchants Associations, and Economic Development Committees. Probably the most impactful project he undertook, as far as boosting a local economy, was organizing the first Mardi Gras parade in Bogalusa LA. Today, MCCA (Magic City Carnival Association) is one of the largest Mardi Gras parades outside of New Orleans LA. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 at 12 noon at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, Brooksville FL. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,1291 Kass Cr., Spring Hill FL 34606. Interment will take place at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Topeka KS, at a later date.


John Robert Wempe

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john guth

February 6, 2020

Shirley I want to express my sympathy to you and your family at this very sorrowful time. Jack and I were classmates for 12 years, Holy Name grade school and Hayden. I remember him as one of us five on the basketball team. Jack was a good player and was always having fun. Loss of a spouse is a very hard. I will pray that your pain be lightened.

William Schroeder

January 23, 2020

Shirley, I was sorry to hear of Jack's death. We shared many good times in high school and it was always good to see him at the reunions.
Please accept my sincere condolences.

Linda Urbanek

January 16, 2020

I had only met Jack in person a couple of times but loved his friendship and kindness he showed Gary and myself. My prayers and warm thoughts go out to each of you but a special prayer of healing to Shirley whom loved him dearly as he did her. Sorry we are unable to make it but know our thoughts are with you.
Gary and Linda Urbanek

Cindy and Mike Gibbs

January 16, 2020

Shirley and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Jack. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are sorry we can’t be there with you, but know we are thinking of you. We have such great memories. I’m sure he’s looking down on all of us enjoying a drink with Chet, Dorothy, Molly and Roy. Love to all of you.
Mike and Cindy

Cheryl McCrite

January 16, 2020

Shirley & family,
Thinking of Jack always makes me smile even during this sad time. He was such a character and we have many memories of holidays & family dinners in Topeka. You’re all in my prayers and I’m choosing to think Jack and Dorothy are enjoying a cocktail, talking about gambling and looking down on us!
Love you,

Lee and Patty Bolin

January 14, 2020

We would like to share our deepest condolences to the Wempe Family. Jack was a great friend. He will be missed. Lee and Jack enjoyed many he's of golf together. We will remember him and the Wempe Family in our prayers.
Lee and Patty Bolin