Christopher Hempel, 54 of Van Buren died Monday, March 13, 2017, at a local hospital. He was the owner and operator of the Starter Shop in Van Buren and widower of Tammy Hempel.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Patricia Hempel of Van Buren; four sons, Trevor Hempel of Bentonville, Derek Hempel of Fort Smith and Daron and Travis Hempel, both of Van Buren; a sister, Robin Nichols of Van Buren; one brother, Patrick Hempel of Memphis; and five grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers will be Derek, Trevor, Daron and Travis Hempel, Willie Nichols and Paul Harris.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.