Friday, December 19, 2014

John R. Kemper

John Richard Kemper, age 89, passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014, at his residence.  He was born in Racine on December 11, 1925, son of the late Sigmund “Ziggy” and Anna (Nee: Senkowska) Kemper and had been a lifelong resident.

John attended Washington Park High School. With the outbreak of WWII, he went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Texas and Germany. In May of 2011 he joined fellow veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

On September 25, 1948, at St. Rose Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Mildred M. Johnson.

John was a member of Teamsters Local 43 driving for Schlitz Brewing Co and Union Linen Supply, retiring in 1983. He was a longtime member of St. Rose Catholic Church, a current member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, and a member of the Catholic Men’s Association.

John and Mimi enjoyed their ten winters in Edinburg, TX, and their many years at Lake Oaks. He was an avid Packer fan. Above all, he treasured the time he spent with wife and family. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Mimi; five children, Dr. Richard J. Kemper (Lynn Tower) of Racine, Debbie Kemper (Mary Tree) of Sparta, WI, Kaye (Tom) Lietz of Gillette, WI, Keith (Cindy) Kemper of Kansasville, Jack Kemper of DePere, WI; 9 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren;  7 great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Louko of IL; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene; and brother, Ervin.

A Mass of Christian Burial followed by full military honors will be celebrated on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Reverend Mark Jones officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.  Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The family extends a special thank you to the staffs and residents of Lake Oaks and Home Harbor for their kindness and friendship.  

803 Main St., Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

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