December 10, 1931 ~ June 5, 2015
North Torrance High School
Special Education Teacher and Coach
Stewart C. Kemplin
Dies Quietly at Local Hospital
Funeral Service for Stewart Clayton Kemplin, 83,
will be on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 2:30 P.M. at Green
Hills Memorial Park, 27501 South Western Avenue Rancho
Palos Verdes, California 90275. Pastor Dave Matson
The body will lie in state on Monday evening June
22, 2015 from 5 to 9 P.M. at Rice Mortuary
5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503.
Mr. Kemplin died quietly Friday morning
June 5, 2015 at Harbor UCLA Hospital with his
sons at his side.
Mr. Kemplin's first job as a young Iowan was
as a paperboy for the state newspaper,
the Des Moines Register.
Mr. Kemplin graduated from Abraham Lincoln High
School in 1950. After graduation he went to
work for Swanson foods in Council Bluffs.
Mr. Kemplin in 1952 enlisted in United States Navy
and served during the Korean War as a
Plane Captain with VF-121 Squadron on the U.S.S.
Boxer CVA-21 with the rank of a 3rd Class Petty
After the war he stayed in California and went to
work for Roar Aircraft. However, he soon quit to
pursue a dream. He went back to school on the
G.I. bill to become a teacher.
Mr. Kemplin attended San Bernardino Valley
Community College and graduated in June 1955.
Next Mr. Kemplin would attend and earn a BS degree
from the University of Redlands in California,
becoming the first in his family to graduate college.
He reached this goal in 1959.
He was hired as a Special Education teacher and
Coach by the Torrance Unified School District in 1961
and would be a teacher at North Torrance
High School in Torrance California for the next
35 years, retiring in 1996.
Mr. Kemplin coached many sports while at NHS
including the 1965 Sky league wrestling championship
team, that this year is celebrating the 50 anniversary
of this championship.
Mr. Kemplin in his retirement would enjoy the
next 19 years always on the move with his family
and friends at the movies, sporting events, book
signings, concerts and spending a lot of time at
Mr. Kemplin was born on December 10, 1931
in Council Bluffs Iowa to Mr. William Warren Kemplin
and Wilhemina Helena Steinmeier (Kemplin) the third
son of a family of four children.
Mr. Kemplin was married to Marilyn Jean
Williamson (Kemplin) of San Bernardino California on
December 29, 1955.
Mr. Kemplin also was a man of faith and was a
member of the South Bay Church of God inTorrance
and a member of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden
Mr. and Mrs. Kemplin enjoyed life, together for 58
years, while they raised two sons and lived in
North Torrance for 53 years until her death last June
He was preceded in death by his parents and two
brothers. His middle brother Pfc. Alvin Gerald Kemplin
was killed on the Island of OkinawaJapan on April 23, 1945
just 4 months before the end of World War II.
Alvin was his inspiration for Mr.Kemplin
joining the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Kemplin's eldest brother Warren Eugene
Kemplin Sr. who gave him his love for movies passed
away in 2002 at 85 years old.
Survivors include his 94 year old sister Doreen
Lees of Loma Linda, California, and his two sons, Craig
Kemplin and Blaine Kemplin of North Torrance, California.
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