Ben Lempa, our Pops, 86, was born on March 1, 1930. He passed away peacefully on July 23, 2016, at his home with his family by his side.
Ben grew up on a farm where he learned his strong work ethic. He served four years in the United States Air Force at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. After the military, he worked for Caldwell County, J. D. Lay in the oil fields, and he
loved working for Mr. Ernest Ewald. He then settled into a 30-year career with the US Postal Service.
He met and married Lucille Joseph Lempa in 1964. They moved to Austin in 1970 to raise their family. After retirement, he went back to his roots raising cattle on his brother’s land in Lockhart.
He loved old country music, western movies, and news/political talk shows. Because of his background with farming and ranching, he kept up to date with the weather. He also loved his prized pecan trees.
Ben was so many things to us. He was honest to a fault, inquisitive, helpful and loved a good story. He was truthful, had good judgement, hard-working and dedicated to his family. He was known by his family and friends to have an extraordinary memory.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Lempa; parents, Joe and Adela Lempa; brothers, Conrad Lempa and Wincent Lempa; and sisters, Mildred Harris and Margaret Krzywonski.
He is survived by his three children Leslie (Michael Van Straten), of Austin, Rodney Lempa, of Austin, and Diane Eargle (James), of Round Rock; and his beloved granddaughter, Ashlee Eargle. He is also survived by niece, Debbi Childress (George), of The Woodlands; great-niece Hollie Meador (Todd) and their children, Micah and Anothen, of Manor; sisters, Loraine Reese, of Austin, Sallie Rosenbusch and Josephine Krzywonski, of San Antonio, and Rose Colby, of Cantonment, Fla., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank New Century Hospice of Austin, Texas for the wonderful care and advice they gave our dad.
A visitation will be held at McCurdy Funeral Home on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 9 a.m. until the departure for Polonia Cemetery at 11 a.m. We will have a procession from McCurdy Funeral home to Polonia Cemetery for graveside services.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644