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John Wesley Kemper, Sr. Obituary


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“Annie and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We have a lot of good memories that we talk...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Mike and Bev Bauer - New Salem, ND

“I just recently found out about this terribly sad news and am so very sorry for your loss. Although our military family can be sent in many...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: June Phillips - Dallas, PA

“How very sad I am to hear this news. John was wonderful childhood and teenage friend. We shared many a bus ride, Sunday School class, laughs, and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Larry Isaak - Minneapolis, MN

“Dear Annie & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are for you this day. We know John & you, Annie, to be faithful believers in Christ, so rest in the...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Ken and June Heflin - Sun City, AZ

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. John, I have many fond memories of knowing & working with you. Remember that your loss is shared...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Chuck & Diane Imberg - Mesa, AZ

“oh how I miss you my love, the days are dreary and the nights are long. You will forever live in my heart and I will always cherish what we had for...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Annie - Surprise, AZ - Wife

“What can I say John, you were a great trainer and mentor to me as I transisitioned to working at CSC with you. You were always soft spoken and easy...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Scott Preston - Goodyear, AZ

“You are very much missed and I love you. Thanks for being the best brother a person can have. I have many fond memories of growing up with you and...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Paul A. Kemper - Aurora, CO

“John, you have left an ache in our hearts... We pray you have found peace and comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Nicole Grochow - Woodbury, MN

“We only new you for a few short years but felt like a life time. We always enjoyed our Friday night dinners together when we were wintering in...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Eric "Rick" and Cheryl Franklund - ND

“I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Kayla Leighton - Misawa, Japan

“John, I only knew you for a short time but you made a lassting impression on me. You made my job as the VMS very easy. You will be...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Doug McDonald - Luke AFB, AZ

“Mr. Kemper, you my friend, were there for me whenever i needed help. Advice from your own experiences created an ethic i apply to my tribulations. ...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: David Moroyoqui - Port Hueneme, CA

“John I just heard the news .... what can I say but my condolences to your wife amd family. Just like others I would say you were the go guy at our...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Carlos Gonzalez SrA. Gonzo - AZ

“Dear John. I loved working with you man, always liked the conversations we had about cars, and maintenance. You were the go to guy for many things at...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Tray Pruitt - Surprise, AZ

“John my dear man, you have left us with so many why's, and yet in our hearts, we do know why. Please watch over your family and help heal their pain....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Louie & Ellie Cortinas - Surprise, AZ


John Wesley Kemper Sr., 63, passed away November 21, 2012. He was born October 23, 1949 in Harvey, ND and was raised on the Drake farmstead. He attended the Wahpeton State School of Science where he received a business degree. John was drafted and proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam and Desert Storm Era. After 30 years of service, he retired from the USAF as a Master Sergeant of the 944 Tactical Fighter Wing. His second retirement was after 40 years of employment at Luke Air Force Base. John leaves a legacy of love, to give and never receive, help those in need, and supported veterans daily. His Christianity and his love for GOD were the most important things in his life, he served as a Deacon in his church for 15 years. In his spare time, he was a member of the AZ Chapter of the Studebakers Club with his 1956 Hawk. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Annie; his daughter Sherilyn (Lalo) Soto; his son John, Jr (Katie); grandchildren Drake Kemper, Chase Kemper, Natalia Soto, and Eduardo Soto; mother Freda McKay; uncle Herbert Blumhagen; aunts Verna (Dave) Carlson and Florence Blumhagen; sister Linda (Art) Grochow; brothers Weston (Val), and Paul (Barb); numerous family and friends; and lastly, his beloved boston terrier, Priscilla. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 5 to 8 pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10 am at West Olive Church of Christ, 10935 W. Olive Ave, Peoria, AZ. Graveside service with full Military Honors will follow at Sunwest Cemetery, El Mirage, AZ.