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Rev. Dr. L. Dean Hempelmann

Visitation:
Date: Private
Time: Private

Visitation Location:
Private

Service:
Date: 09-29-2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Service Location:
Faith Lutheran Church - Georgetown, Texas

Interment:
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery - Rosebud, Mo.



Memorials/Donations
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:
The Dean and Cathy Hempelmann Endowment Fund
Concordia Lutheran Seminary
7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 4E3
and to
Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place, Saint Louis, MO 63105

Obituary
February 15, 1939 – August 29, 2021

Faithful servant of the Lord, Reverend Dr. L. Dean Hempelmann, was called to glory on August 29, 2021. He was born in Malta Bend, Missouri, on February 15, 1939, to Ludwig and Katherine (Schnakenberg) Hempelmann . He grew up in Rosebud, Missouri, and spent his elementary, secondary, college, and seminary education in schools operated by The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Before completing two master’s degrees in theology - the Master of Divinity and the Master of Sacred Theology - he married his sweetheart, Catherine Mary Haake on June 2, 1962. They were the only two students in their grade at Immanuel Lutheran Day School, Rosebud, Missouri, for all eight years of elementary school. Dean left to attend high school at St. Paul’s College in Concordia, Missouri. During their junior year, a courtship of six years of letter writing began. In 1961, Dean petitioned the dean of students at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis, for permission to get married, and it was granted.

Rev. Hempelmann was ordained on June 5, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rosebud by the Rev. Siegfried J. Lehmann. Rev. Lehmann, also known as “Sig” was born and raised in Germany and was ordained by a pastor who by way of Johannes Bugenhagen, Martin Luther's pastor and a teacher at the University of Wittenberg and ordained a generation of pastors, was in the historic line of apostolic succession. Rev. Hempelmann proudly fell in this historic line.

He served 12 years consecutively as pastor in two parishes, Peace Lutheran Church in Selah, Washington, and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, called Rev. Hempelmann to begin his service in theological education, spanning 16 years of leadership as professor, director of several administrative divisions, academic dean, and acting president. During this time, he also served as assisting pastor at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Affton, Missouri, for almost 10 years, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Historical Theology at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1993, Dr. Hempelmann and Cathy moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he became the third president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Lutheran Church Canada. He served six years, leading the seminary to full accreditation without notation by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

After completing 21 years of service in theological education, he accepted the call in 1999 to serve as Director of Pastoral Education, Board for Higher Education, LCMS. In February 2005 he was called to serve as Executive Director, Board for Pastoral Education, LCMS.

Dr. Hempelmann was an author of numerous articles, essays, reviews and book chapters, and an essayist, presenter both nationally and internationally, and a Chaplain, Captain, in the US Air Force Reserves. He was named Outstanding Young Men in America (1974) and awarded the Walther Fellowship (1981-1982, 82-83).

Dean was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his mother (Katherine), father (Ludwig) and infant son (Michael Allen). He is survived by Cathy, his best friend of 59 years; his son Michael (Melanie); two daughters Cheryl (John) and Lisa (James); eight grandchildren Kyle Hennen (Nataleigh), Andrew Glick (Amanda); Lauren Lawrence (Patrick), Sarah Hempelmann, Mason Hempelmann, Nicholas, Anthony and Tyler Candido; and three great grandchildren Russell and Vera Hennen and on August 30th, Judah Dean Glick, was born into the world. Dean is also survived by his sister Roberta and brother DeWayne (Peggy) and a host of loving friends and colleagues.

Out of respect to the health and safety of all, a small private visitation at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home and family burial at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rosebud, Missouri is being held on September 10. If you would like to send personal stories, words of love and encouragement to the family, please mail them to: 304 Cooper Lake Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633.

A public memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church (4010 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX) on September 29 at 2 p.m. with reception to follow.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:
The Dean and Cathy Hempelmann Endowment Fund
Concordia Lutheran Seminary
7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 4E3

and to
Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place, Saint Louis, MO 63105

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