David Raymond WEMPLE

Male 1931 - 2017  (85 years)


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  • Name David Raymond WEMPLE 
    Born 13 Jun 1931  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jun 2017  Orland, Glenn Country, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Orland, Glenn Country, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2018 

    Father Claude Clement WEMPLE,   b. 03 Apr 1896, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1993, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Mother Henrietta WINCHESTER,   b. 16 Jan 1897, Standish, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1984, Susanville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 03 Aug 1916  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Donna LaRue ROGERS,   b. 23 Jun 1932, Manassa, Conejos County, CO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 2017, Orland, Glenn Country, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 02 Jan 1951  Justice of the Peace's Office, Carson City, Ormsby County, NV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Daniel Calvin WEMPLE
     2. Debra Susan WEMPLE
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The above photo of David and Donna was taken in 1991.

      A friend and family member, Robert Preston Wemple of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote our father and mentioned that there was no biography of the man who put in the many hours writing letters, making phone calls and following any lead that might add to our knowledge of our families. In addition to making inquiries, hundred of hours were spent in front of a computer screen entering the data. Thanks to Bob's observation, this short biography is written by his children, Daniel C. and Debra S.

      David Raymond Wemple was born in Susanville, California on June 13, 1931 to Claude and Henrietta Wemple. He is the youngest of four, two brothers and one sister. He has the distinction of being the first one in his family born in a hospital and not at the family home, or their maternal grandmother's home.

      He married Donna L. Rogers on January 2, 1951. They lived with David's parents while a house was being built by David's father, Claude. Claude watched David pace and stake off the rooms for the future home, he was heard to say, I knew by the way he paced off those rooms it was going to be a big house.

      He left the family ranch in January 1957 to join the California Highway Patrol. His first assignment was in Alturas, California as a Traffic Officer. He made sergeant in November 1966 and moved the family to Ukiah, California. Five years later in 1971, he was transferred to Culver City, California (Los Angeles area) when he promoted to Lieutenant and requested a transfer back to northern California the same day he reported to the Culver City office. He was transferred less than a year later to Red Bluff, California and finally in 1976 to Willows, California where he was Officer in Charge of the area office. He retired seven years later in 1983 and is still living just north of Willows in Orland, California with his bride of 45 years.

      Our father is, as other fathers, many things. As a provider he held two jobs on numerous occasions to provide us those extra things like braces for our teeth, a home and of course Christmas presents. As a father he was strict but fair. He said on many occasions that the two things he couldn't abide were a liar or a sneak thief. Our father is direct and honest and if you don't want to hear the truth, don't ask him the question. He said that cops either start drinking, chasing women or find a hobby. Our dad had a lot of hobbies. When our dad takes up a hobby he throws his whole being into it. He started finding a few pennies on the floor of our home that we had neglected to put in our piggy banks. Dad didn't look at the pennies as a problem but as a source of entertainment. He started a penny collection. He bought a book about coins and folders to put the pennies in. He got so wrapped up collecting pennies that he would take five dollars to the bank and get five dollars in pennies, return to the house and go through them. He would then wrap them and return to the bank for five more dollars in pennies. He planted roses and raised them to glorious blooms. We believe his favorite is the Peace rose. There have been other hobbies but learning our family ancestry holds a special place in his heart. He loves to meet family and visit. The genealogy of the Wemple family has been a passion of his for over 30 years.

      We know one thing that our dad takes great comfort in is his Christian belief. Through all life's struggles our dad has felt like Abraham Lincoln who said, I've been driven to my knees many times with the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go. During his visit to Albuquerque in 1996, Dad told Bob that, I only had to draw my gun once in a 26 year career with the California Highway Patrol, and I thank the Lord I didn't have to shoot. Dad also told Bob, When I started this genealogy project, I sent out many letters to known family members but got very little response. I was downhearted. Donna and I prayed about this situation, and shortly new doors opened and leads started to come to me. This describes our dad. A honest, caring, Christian man who loves his family and cherishes his wife Donna.

      We hope this gives you, the reader, a little insight into the compiler of this latest version of the genealogy of our various lines. If you happen to meet Dad, visit with him and tell him a little about your family. He will thoroughly enjoy it.


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