Ernest F. Kemper Jr.
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Ernest F. Kemper Jr., 92, of Butler died Thursday evening while taking a walk near his home at 204 Surrey Lane. He had been visiting with friends at the Lowry House personal care home and was on his way home when his heart gave out.
Ernie, "Junior" to the many who knew him when he and his late brother, Bob, owned and operated Kemper Parts and Machine at North and Bluff streets in Butler, was born on Aug. 5, 1920, at the family home on Locust and Cecelia streets in Butler.
He was the last surviving family member of his generation, having been predeceased by brothers, Robert and James, and sisters, Ruth Pasley and Doris Benson, all children of Ernest F. Kemper Sr. and Anna Margaret Lewis Kemper.
Following graduation from Butler High School in 1938, he worked for his father, learning the machinist trade, until 1942 when he was called upon by his country to serve with U.S. Army, Fourth Brigade Amphibian Engineers. He was honorably discharged as a tech sergeant in December 1945, and returned to Butler with his wife, Jane E. Gerstner of Butler, who he had married on Feb. 7, 1942, and who preceded him in death on April 25, 2009.
Mr. Kemper was a longtime member of St. Peters Catholic Church where he was Eucharistic minister for more than 30 years and served on the church council. In his younger days, he was active as a scout leader, helping his sons, Daniel and Ernest III, earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a former member of the Slippery Rock Civic Association, and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
Following retirement, he and his wife, Jane, would travel and spend their summers at their cottage on the Slippery Rock Creek, where Ernie enjoyed his favorite activities of fishing, swimming, golfing, following the Pirates and Steelers, and enjoying his children, grandchildren and the company of the couple's many friends.
The late Ernest F. Kemper Jr. is survived by four sons and two daughters, Daniel G. and his wife, Sally, of Barboursville, Va., William D. and his wife, Patricia J., of Butler, Ernest F. III and his wife, Darla, of Hermitage, Joseph D., Margaret A. DeMask and her husband, Fred, of Wilmington, N.C., and Mary R. Purdy of Slippery Rock. He will be greatly missed by his 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
KEMPER - Friends of Ernest F. Kemper Jr., who died Thursday, April 18, 2013, will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Parish Cemetery.
The women's council of St. Peter will meet at 10:40 a.m. Monday at the church to recite the rosary.
Geibel Funeral Home
201 E Cunningham St Butler, PA 16001
Published in Butler Eagle from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013