Jodie Wirt Kempton was born in 1888. He served as an Apprentice Seaman on the U.S.S. Bennington.
The remains of Jodie W. Kempton, a victim of the Bennington disaster, arrived at Coin Tuesday evening, and were brought to this city Wednesday and interred in Maple Hill cemetery. So far as can be learned at this time, no one accompanied the remains. The plan was that the bereaved father, O. B. Kempton, who lives in Colorado, was to meet the funeral train en route and that the remains of his daughter, Miss Vera Kempton, should also be brought here for burial, at the same time, but for some reason the plan has failed. The deceased young sailor was born in this city and is a brother to Mrs. E. L. Dryden.*
Jodie was approximately 17 years old when he died on July 21, 1905. He is buried at the Maple Hill Cemetery in College Springs, Iowa in section II, row 1, 11a.
Evening Times – Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa) • Tue., Nov. 7, 1905 • Page 3*
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