Norman Howard Hempel
Lt. Col. Norman Howard Hempel (USAF Ret.) of Hampton, VA passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022. He was born in Garfield, New Jersey, graduated from Clifton High School in Clifton, New Jersey, and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. After entering the military, he continued his education at Santa Maria Junior College in Santa Maria, California, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Senior Executives Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Norman served as a B-24 Pilot during WW II and then as a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) before retiring from the USAF in 1968. He continued his investigative career with the Office of Naval Investigations (ONI), a second assignment with OSI as a civilian special agent and served his last fifteen years of government service as Region Director of the Eastern Region with the Defense Investigative Service, again retiring in January 1987. He was extremely proud of his almost 46 years of government service.
He was a member of the Adoniram Highland Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the state of New Jersey and was a member of the Eaglewood Golf Course at Langley AFB, VA.
Norman is survived by his wife, Evelyn Marie Hempel; daughter, Nancy Lynn Dalin and her husband, Dale Dalin; son, Kurt Allen Hempel and his wife, Sandi Hempel; three grandchildren, Casey Legg and her husband, Joshua Legg, Matthew Hempel, and his fiancé, Gracie Gorman Love, and Hailey Hempel and her fiancé, David Hart; and his two great-grandchildren Tolson and Van Legg.
He was completely devoted to his wife of 73 years, whom he considered his true strength throughout his entire adult life, and he thought of his daughter and son as true champions in every sense of the word. His love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was complete and unequaled.
A graveside service will take place on Monday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Horton Wreath Society, P.O. Box 6246, Virginia Beach VA 23456-0246.
Arrangements are being provided by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.