Orphy Klempa Obituary – Death: We are deeply saddened to learn that Orphy Klempa, 70, a former state legislator and Ohio County commissioner, passed away early Monday, October 11, 2021, at Wheeling Hospital. It was reported that he died leaving families, friends, and loved ones in great grief and fear.
He was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful person. He had a calming presence and was extremely kind, he touched the hearts of so many and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Causes of Orphy Klempa’s Death…
Friends described longtime community servant and politician Orphy Klempa as “a gentleman” and family man who was kind to all and cared for his community.
At the moment, no information has been received from the family as they are observing their difficult times.
The circumstances surrounding the actual cause of death had not been made public at the time of writing this report. The investigation is still ongoing to know the actual cause of death.
The little reminders that cause tears today will turn into little reminders that make us sad and then those little reminders will eventually make us smile and remember Jeremie just as he would have wanted us to with love, a grin, and maybe a cold one.
Who Was Orphy Klempa?
Those closest to him remembered him as a family man who was committed to the community. He spent much of his life championing the labor and seeking fair treatment for all people. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Jo, and a large family. Klempa began his work career as a coal miner and later became a union carpenter.
He worked his way up through the ranks to become business representative for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters in 1995, and this position would lead to him also being co-chairman of Project BEST.
Klempa next embarked on a career in politics, first being elected to a 3rd District West Virginia House of Delegates seat in 2006. In 2010, voters elected him to represent the 1st District in the State Senate.
In 2012, Klempa was appointed to the Ohio County Commission seat being vacated by now Circuit Judge David Sims. He would be elected to the commission seat in November of that year, and go on to serve a full six-year term through the end of 2018.
After being elected commissioner, Klempa resigned his Senate seat and retired from his position with the carpenter’s union. Attorney Rocky Fitzsimmons succeeded Klempa in the State Senate, and he called Klempa a mentor.
We ask that you uplift his parents and close family and friends in prayer during this time. He has left an impact on the lives of many and a legacy that will live on for many years.