George Hempt of Hempt Bros. Dies at Age 65

Fri March 27, 2009 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

George F. Hempt of New Cumberland died March 13 at age 65 at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice House.

He was born Sept. 17, 1943, to Max C. Hempt and Martha Dapp.

Hempt attended Shippensburg State College. In his spare time, Hempt enjoyed golf, polo, snowmobiling and trap shooting.

At a young age, Hempt became involved with his family’s business, Hempt Bros. Inc., a heavy highway contractor and manufacturer of heavy highway materials such as concrete, asphalt, crushed stone and sand. The business was started by Hempt’s grandfather and great uncle in 1925. Hempt started in the shop and worked his way up through the company until he became president.

Hempt was chairman of the M.S. Polo Benefit and was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed horse racing and he owned and bred horses. He was a board member of the Standardbreed Breeders Association and a former president of Penn National Horsemen’s Association.

Hempt was a member of Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM, Shriners Mounted Patrol and Jesters and of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill.

Surviving are Hempt’s wife, Judy; a son, Max J., his wife, Amy of Carlisle; a daughter, Christine Murphy of Mechanicsburg; a brother, Gerald, his wife, Lynn of New Cumberland; two sisters, Marian and her husband, Evan Semoff of Camp Hill, and Martha and her husband Bill Bair of Ohio; three grandchildren, Ellen, George, and Samantha; four nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill, with Reverend J. Stewart Hardy officiating. Private burial was held in Rolling Green Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110.

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