Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Jacob Edward “Jake” Kemplin

Jacob Edward “Jake” Kemplin, age 38, of Mansfield, died unexpectedly while at work on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

Jake was born March 30, 1985 in Shelby and attended Pioneer Career and Technology Center’s Meat Processing Program graduating from there, and Ontario High School, in 2004. Coming from a long line of strong hardworking men, Jake, too, was and incredibly dedicated and hard worker. He loved riding his motorcycle and his guns- often going to the shooting range for fun. As a person, he had the biggest heart and easily made people laugh, as he was a true prankster.

Jake is survived by his daughter: Kenzee; mother: Deborah Sue “Debbie” Brewster of Mansfield; father and step-mother: Henry Edward “Ed” and Teresa Kemplin, Jr. of Crestline; sisters: Sarah (fiancé, Cecil Kennedy) Cecil of Mansfield and Jennifer (Jack) Brothers of Ontario; step-siblings: Keesha Mosely of Shelby, Marco (fiancé, Stephanie Damron) Willison of Johnsville, and Nathan (Amanda) Willison of Galion; step-grandparents: James and Beulah Newberry of Galion; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: James Morton and Earnesteen (Conley) Brewster; and paternal grandparents: Henry Edward “Ed” and Claris (Adkins) Kemplin, Sr.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, August 7, 2023 from 11 am-1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will immediately follow at 1 pm. Rev. Gary Adkins, Jake’s great uncle, will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby.

Online condolences can be left on Jake’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,


To view Jake’s tribute video, click the provided link: Jacob Edward “Jake” Kemplin- Tribute Video


Memories & Condolence

  1. Danielle Kemplin says:

    Ed and Teresa and family please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss of your son.

  2. Brenda Brewster Linkenhoker says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Jake always had a smile when I saw him and loved to make you laugh.. We will miss you. Love Aunt Brenda

  3. Ashley says:

    I knew Jake from his time of purchasing a vehicle from my work. Such a nice guy. He will be missed

  4. Kimberly Adkins says:

    We are so incredibly sorry for the pain all of you who loved Jake most must be feeling. I pray that in the coming hours, weeks, months, and beyond that you find smiles as you think about the amazing memories you made together during his short life.

  5. Gary Davis says:


    There was never a dull moment when you were around. Myself as well as your brothers and sisters at MPW will forever miss that laugh of yours. Rest in peace bub. Slam a monster for me

  6. Jzsanettae says:

    I remember meeting you for the first time when we were kids. You had these chubby little cheeks and a smile full of stickiness from a lollipop. Gone too soon.

  7. Lisa kemplin says:

    Praying for Ed Kemplin family I love my cousin I often talked him about his love of outdoors, he love living life to fullest, he will be missed by the 1,000 of Kemplin’s he made friends with along the way, praying for my cousin wife and children you will see your husband and daddy again in heaven god bless each one of you

  8. Thomas says:

    You will be greatly missed you would always come in the guard shack and make us all laugh and I’m going to miss your stories and jokes R.I.P. buddy

  9. Darlene says:

    Debbie I am so so very sorry for your loss. I can NOT imagine . Many hugs girl. love you .

  10. Richard Cook says:

    I’m from Georgetown sc but I first meet Jacob in the mill in Mansfield then he moved down here to my home and then back to Ohio and now I have moved from Ohio back home to Georgetown he was a great friend I’m going to miss him so much he use to write me all the time on messenger my prayers and thoughts are with his family RIP my friend I will never forget you Jacob

  11. Amanda McCracken says:

    Jacob or he was always Cowboy to us was one of my best friends. We worked at fire mountain. He was our Gaurdian and our Brother. He worked with my baby brother at AK Steel and was an amazing hard working man.
    He will be forever missed and forever remembered.
    Love you Bubby. Rest Easy Cowboy

  12. Melissa Francis says:

    I just wanted to offer my deepest condolences he was truly loved and will be missed beyond words, R.I.P. Jacob Kemplin I will always love you

  13. Tim Pickering says:

    He will be missed he was my friend he talked often about his motorcycle and guns rest in peace old buddy sincerely your friend Tim Pickering

  14. LRLEWIS says:

    Jacob, was a wonderful guy who was a very hard worker, he was a go getter ,always there to help strangers, not afraid coming to the door. If he was told to report he was strong no coward, he showed up. He liked to shoot , ride his motorcycle and he loved his white Dodge car. He loved to go fishing.RIP

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