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Celebration of Life Saturday for Scott Cecil Hempenius

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Scott Cecil Hempenius fought with a relentless Angio Sarcoma and lost the battle. On January 21, 2015, it ended and the Lord called him home. A lifetime resident of Porter County, he graduated in Chesterton High School’s Class of ’82 and attended Purdue University.

Born April 29, 1964, in Valparaiso, IN, to Cecil and Betty Hempenius of Crown Point, who survive along with his sisters: Kim Stanley (Jeff), Sioux City, IA, Kelly Wojciehowski (Joe), St. John.; and his beloved and faithful English Lab, Cocoa. Other survivors are: maternal grandmother, Irma Lois Kruk (late Tony), Valparaiso; nieces/nephews: Michael Stanley (Courtney), Sioux City, IA, Meghan Stanley, Iowa City, IA, Kimberly Wojciehowski, St. John, Joseph Wojciehowski, St. John; aunts/uncles: Anna Kruk (Robert), Johnsburg, IL, Ruth McNally (late Frank), Valparaiso, Richard Kruk (Carla) Phoenix, AZ, Tony Ray Kruk (Bonnie), Reno, NV; preceded in death by paternal grandparents Arthur and Elizabeth Hempenius, maternal grandfather Tony Kruk, Jr., cousin Cindy McNally.

One word described ScottĐtenacious. Maybe it was his size--small frame and 5’4” tall--but what he lacked in height, he had in determination as both a child and adult. Scotty learned things when he was ready--not when books or others said it was time. Telling him something didn’t make it so--he would find out for himself. That was Scotty’s way.

He loved the great outdoors and all it had to offer which resulted from being a Boy Scout. However, Kim and Kelly remember helping him deliver Chesterton Tribunes in winters when the outdoors wasn’t so great.

In ‘86 he joined the Army National Guard and went to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. His small stature caused problems. Bones broke in both feet and he was told to take an early discharge, but not Scotty. He hung in there. After basics, he stayed for heavy equipment operation training and served with the Valpo unit. No matter how many problems he had, he wouldn’t consider a discharge. After an industrial accident in ’91 and losing his right hand, he took an honorable discharge.

Scott was a proud and loyal member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local #150 and just completed 25 years before he left us. The accident didn’t stop him. He loved his job and designed appliances that helped him cope with a missing hand. He continued as an operating engineer and kept on fishing and hunting--even with a crossbow.

A devoted uncle, he taught Michael and Meghan to fish. Kimberly and Joseph remember finding 4-leaf clovers and jumping in Uncle Scott’s leaf piles. He taught Joseph how to ride a go-cart and Kimberly still laughs about him pretending to forget her name and calling her SandiŃthe dog’s name. All four will always have the coin collections he started for them.

In ’04, he was diagnosed with advanced stage diabetes. It was a surprise because there were no earlier indications. His eyes and kidneys were in trouble. Laser eye surgery didn’t help and his kidneys failed. Dialysis was started and he was put on a Kidney Waiting List. Four years later IU Hospital called and transplanted a kidney in August ’08. He started anti-rejection drugs and began to get better, but soon a CPAP machine was added for sleep apnea.

July 4th and camping in our backyard with family and friends were special. A fireworks display was always put on by Scotty and the men. Later, Kimberly and Joseph remember Uncle Scott bringing fireworks to our July 4th cookouts.

Scott liked to eat but also liked cooking with grills and crockpots. If he had questions, he called for and got his mom’s or a sister’s help. Venison questions were not as easy and often he went it alone. He loved to go out for breakfast and met his dad on Saturdays at the Chili Bowl.

Six years after his transplant, stage IV Angio Sarcoma hit him. Radiation, pills, shots--nothing alleviated the pain. As tenacious as ever, Scotty gave it his best to win one more battle. He fought with all the energy he could muster, but it was in vain. After four long months, his body gave in at the VNA Hospice in Valpo. At last, he’s at peace and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10:45 a.m., at Church of the Four Seasons, 9100 East 109th, Crown Point. Fellowship and a luncheon will follow the service.

Memorials may be given to the VNA Hospice, National Kidney Foundation, or American Cancer Society.



Posted 5/21/2015




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