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
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
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
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