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Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX

OBITUARY

Maurice William Kempen

August 8, 1953July 29, 2020
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Maurice Kempen passed away on July 29, 2020 at the young age of 66 in Universal City, Texas. He is survived by his wife Tina ; his daughter Crystal and husband Tony, his daughter Theresa and husband Matthew, and son William "Scooter"; his grandchildren April, Mikey, Samantha, and Emma; his brothers James and Gary, and sister Annette. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Agnes, brother Robin, and sister Theresa. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Kempen family.

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  • He is survived by his wife Tina ; his daughter Crystal and husband Tony, his daughter Theresa and husband Matthew, and son William "Scooter"; his grandchildren April, Mikey, Samantha, and Emma; his brothers James and Gary, and sister Annette. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Agnes, brother Robin, and sister Theresa.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, August 3, 2020

Memories

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Jason Ortiz

August 3, 2020

From playing with his kids when we were small to growing up into an adult as Maurice would carry small chat at the fence while he was outside, I will always remember him with a smile and asking how everything was going most of all I will miss seeing him sitting outside on the porch waving as I'd pass by to leave for work in the afternoon.
One final wave goodbye to Maurice.

Debra Jenkins

August 3, 2020

Maurice was a second dad to me. I have so many memories to share from swinging on the porch, watching him work on the yard, building the house, my first trip to the coast, to him having to save me & Crystal from the tree because we got too scared to jump. We were not allowed back on the tree, LOL!! I was always around! He always treated me as one of his own. I just hear his voice “Come in Debbie, they are back there go on back”
I love you all and cherish all our memories we’ve had together with Dad.

Dennis Albrecht

August 2, 2020

Sorry for your loss. I remember Maurice when I played with him on the Roadrunners. He had an arm that no runner would dare challenge. Really enjoyed playing ball with Maurice and James.

Rebecca Esparza

August 1, 2020

I will always remember when he fixed the curtain rod in my room. Now every time l change the curtains l will think of you. YOU WERE SO KIND AND SWEET!!?
Sorry l never got to make you some menudo 😢😘

Drew Cavazos Dow

July 30, 2020

When I was young and would hang out at the Kempens house on the trampoline, I used to watch Maurice as he made improvements to the house. I would ask him questions and he would give me pointers. Sometimes I would ask for a scrap piece of wood so I could take it home to build my own project. If he was ever annoyed by the neighbor kid asking him questions, he never let it show. I will miss him. Although the girls were my sister's friends, the Kempens are considered family friends and will always be special to me. My condolences go to all of you. With love and prayers, Drew.

Bertha Brinkley

July 30, 2020

Sending condolences and love to Tina, children and grandchildren. I’m so sorry for your loss.
I am Annette’s friend and we go way back to Selma, TX.

Maurice was a sweet much loved little brother.

Bertha (Berba Gaule) Brinkley

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Maurice William Kempen who was a strong, humble, and loving person. He will be remembered as being a man of many talents. There was no task, big or small, that he could not handle. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Maurice was a man with "old school" morals, and was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone that knew Maurice loved and respected him.

His parents were William Joseph and Agnes Kempen. Maurice was raised in Selma, Texas. Even as a youngster, Maurice was never afraid of anything. He took many chances and lived fearlessly having the time of his life.

As a young boy, Maurice was able to put his natural abilities to work. He taught his friends many things including how to drive, swim and fish. Maurice was raised with five siblings. He had three brothers, Robin, James, and Gary, and two sisters Annette and Theresa.

Maurice's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Maurice enjoyed being part of a team and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Maurice took part in baseball. In his spare time he liked to fish, swim in Cibolo Creek, ride his bike, and spend time with the people he loved.

In school, Maurice was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. Maurice’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He went to Selma Catholic School up until the 8th grade. He spent his high school years at Judson where he graduated from in 1972.

Maurice was sociable and approachable. There was never any question about how he felt towards anyone. He enjoyed being with is family and friends. Those close to Maurice knew that they could depend on him for anything. While growing up, some of his best friends were Roger, Charlie, Danny, and Gabriel (Jr.) Ramirez, Junior Floyd, and Eloy Gomez. Later in life, he became friends with René and Celso LaGuna. Celso later became the godfather of his children. There was nobody Maurice met that he didn't consider a friend.

On January 27, 1973, Maurice married the love of his life Ernestine "Tina" Ramirez at the Justice of the Peace in Schertz, Tx. For 47 years, he was a loving and attentive husband. He would do anything for her to keep her happy. He spent endless hours building their home into exactly what she wanted, inside and out.
Maurice was blessed with three children, two daughters Crystal and Theresa, and one son William "Scooter". Maurice was a caring and loving father. He did everything in his power to make sure his kids were happy. That later carried over to his four grandchildren, April, Mikey, Samantha, and Emma who he absolutely adored. His children and grandchildren knew and felt the love he had for them. He spoiled them with attention, love and gave them everything they could possibly want.

His primary occupation was a Truck Driver and he later retired as a Warehouse Foreman. He was employed for 40 years with Stock Building Supply. Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Maurice was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. Maurice was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Maurice upheld his standards. Maurice was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

In his spare time, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow, playing with them on the floor, and picking them up from school, fishing, reading the newspaper, going to flea markets and garage sales, going out to eat with his family, and using his many talents to build or fix anything.

He also was something of a sports fan. He enjoyed playing softball and later coaching Scooter's baseball teams. He was an amazing softball player who could throw the ball from center field to home plate. Whenever he went up to bat, the opposing team always backed up as far as they could. He hit the ball like no other and his swing could not be duplicated. He also enjoyed playing volleyball with his family. He was always the first pick. He enjoyed being in and around the water.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, he loved going to Port Aransas and spending days at the beach with his family. While there, he taught both of his son-in-laws how to fish. He looked forward to his family's yearly trip to the coast. It became even more exciting for him when he bought his RV.

Maurice was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Maurice’s favorites was Zoey, his Shih-Tzu. They were best friends for 11 years. His family was rounded out by his cats Shadow and Sandy.

When Maurice’s retirement finally arrived in 2009, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending time with is wife, children, and grandchildren. Maurice loved retirement. One of his favorite things to do was attend his son-in-law Matt's BBQ Cookoffs. He even helped him buy his state-of-the-art trailer pit.

Maurice passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 29, 2020 at the young age of 66 in Universal City, Texas. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in February. He fought with everything he had, but God had other plans. He is survived by his loving wife Tina ; his daughter Crystal and husband Tony, his daughter Theresa and husband Matthew, and son William "Scooter"; his grandchildren April, Mikey, Samantha, and Emma; his brothers James and Gary, and sister Annette. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Agnes, brother Robin, and sister Theresa. Services will be held at Colonial Funeral Home and Good Shepherd Catholic Chuch. Maurice was laid to rest at Our Lady of Perpetual Health Cemetery #2 in Selma, Texas.

Maurice was loved beyond measure. God truly broke the mold when he placed him on this earth. He was the foundation of his family's life. Although, he may not be here with us physically, he is forever in our hearts. We love you Maurice and miss you dearly.

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