David Jon Hemphill

Memorial services for David Jon Hemphill, 65, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church. He passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home.

David was born February 21, 1951 in Lawrence, the son of Thornton and Elsie Fern (Bahr) Hemphill.

David graduated from Lawrence High School and Pittsburg State University. He was a self-employed rental property owner. Family was of utmost importance to David. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and followed their activities with pride. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle around the country and would lead groups on rides. He loved living in the country and being outdoors. David could always be found in his woodshop working on his next creation. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for many years and served several times as a Trustee. He had a big heart and loved helping others.

He married Carlotta Schmidt in 1978 in Lawrence. They spent many years together raising their family and sharing life’s experiences. They later divorced.

Survivors include his daughter, Andrea Christenson, and husband, Ty, Overland Park, KS; his son, Jonathan Hemphill and wife, Megan, Leawood, KS; four grandchildren, Eli, Lena, Rory Hemphill, Brooks Christenson; two brothers, Richard Hemphill and wife, Jill, De Soto, KS; Roger Hemphill and wife, Sandy, Overland Park, KS; half-brother, James Hemphill and wife, Carolyn, Lawrence; and half-sister, Charlene Fritzel and husband, Gene, Lawrence.

The family will greet friends and family from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity or First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Jan and Bob Criswell on January 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Carlotta, Andrea, Jonathan:
    We were so saddened to learn of David’s passing. Just know we are thinking of you all.

    Jan & Bob

  2. Beverly Purcell on January 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Jonathan, Andrea and Carlotta,
    It takes a minute to find a special person like David, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. I will miss our conversations, he is truly a great guy. Prayers to your family during this difficult time.

  3. Steven L. GEORGE on January 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    To the Hemphill family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  4. Leontina keys on January 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Mr. Hemphill was a great landlord to rent from and work for. May jesus Christ be with you.

  5. Denise and Steve Gossage on January 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Dear Carlotta and family,

    We are sorry for your loss. David was a truly good person. God be with you all at this difficult time.

  6. Wayne and Nancy Othick on January 22, 2017 at 11:48 am

    We were saddened to hear of David’s passing-he was a good
    neighbor for so many years! May God bless each of you-we
    are sorry that we are not able to attend as the flu has come
    to our home-Prayers go out to you all!
    Wayne & Nancy

  7. Doug Cole on January 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Both Roger and David were Fraternity brothers of mine at Pittsburgh State.Great guys and dear friends. I am saddened by the news of David . May God bless, keep, guide, and direct. My deepest sympathy.

  8. John lusk on February 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    David was my good friend
    I will miss him greatly, I already do
    My condolences to his family
    David was a good and benevolent man.

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