Wilfred John "Kemo" Sauby

LIBBY Wilfred John "Kemo" Sauby, 72, died of cancer Friday, Nov. 30, at his home in Libby.

A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Thursday at Libby Assembly of God Church, 105 Collins Ave., with a luncheon to follow. For those not able to travel, there will be a service in the Shelby area in 2013. Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory in Libby handled arrangements.

Willy or "Kemo" (as he preferred to be called) spent the last 12 years of his life in Libby. He lived most of his life in the oilfield/farmland near Shelby.Born Aug. 12, 1940, in Shelby to Warren Sauby and Delores (Thennis) Sauby, he was the second of five children. He attended elementary school in Shelby and graduated from Oilmont High School in 1959.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Habeck) Sauby; daughters Jody (Jason) Corthell and Annette Sauby; son Steve (Jennifer) Sauby; sisters Anita Tomayer, Joanne (Mike) Stetzel and Lucille (Harry) Knaup; brother Jim (Barbara) Sauby; grandchildren Jeanette, Wil, Victoria, Melanie, Robby, Kyle and Alex; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a father figure to many, including nephew Charles (Chuck) Sauby and his daughter Stormy (Khris) Gentry, whom Kemo and Kathy raised for a period of time.

He was preceded in death by sons, Wesley Warren and Casey Adam; his father and mother, Warren and Delores; nephew Chuck Sauby; and his first wife, Judy Osterhout.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Options Hospice of Libby or to St. John's Lutheran Hospital, Libby.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 5, 2012