William Burton Kempton, 91, of Curtis Road and formerly of Findlay, Ohio, died peacefully at home Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m., after a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 2, 1918, in San Antonio, a son of R. S. Kempton and Edna Eisfeld. He married his beloved wife, Edna, in 1944 in El Paso, Texas.

He is survived by two daughters, Bohni Kempton of Searsport and Gay E. Kempton of Waldo.

He was predeceased by his wife and a brother, Robert S. Kempton.

William, better known as Bill, retired as president of Keystone Seneca Wire Cloth Company in Fostoria, Ohio, expanding the business significantly in the United States and Canada. After retirement, he was director of charitable planned gifts for Findlay College, general sales manager for Louisiana Pacific Corp. Weather Seal Division in Barberton, Ohio, staff consultant to the president of Centrex Corp. in Findlay, Ohio, and president of St. Charles Kitchens of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

He was a pilot and loved to fly. He served as a captain in the Army Air Force in World War II, flying anti-submarine patrol between the East Coast and South America. He logged more flying time than any U.S. pilot. He was also a director of flight training and a command pilot. Among many awards, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Presidential commendations.

Prior to enlisting, he studied metallurgical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a commentator for U.S. Steel Corp at the 1940 U.S. World’s Fair. After the war, he went to work for Colorado Fuel and Iron Corp in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was appointed district sales manager for Wickwire Spencer Steel Division, Colorado Fuel and Iron Corp. and lived in Wellesley Hills, Mass.

He was a member of The Christian Science Mother Church in Boston and of the Christian Science Church in Findlay, Ohio. Also, he was a member of the Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, American Legion, Kiwanis Club, Commanders Club for Disabled American Veterans and The Heritage Foundation. He was a member of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He contributed regularly to Boys Town, the Olympics, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Mayo Clinic, Easter Seals, the Reagan Ranch, and the Honor Roll of Contributors to Findlay College.

Bill believed in the motto, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and lived by it. He will be truly missed.

Local funeral services will be held and announced in the spring. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. No visitation will be held.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave. in Belfast. Online condolences may be placed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.