Dale Raiburn Kemper lived for 91 years before he left this world on the morning of August 11. Born in 1922 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Lonnie and Lewis Kemper, Dale touched a multitude of lives who were witnesses to his faithfulness to his family, his honesty in business and his love for Jesus. As a teenager with a shiny new bicycle, Dale delivered telegrams for Western Union sometimes singing them! He is proud of his service in the US Navy during both World War II and the Korean conflict. He was the founder of Kemper Signs in 1953 and a true artist with a lettering brush. He retired in 1988 from business but not from his service to others. Every week he delivered meals to seniors and visited the Greene County Jail to help lead worship services for the inmates.
He was cherished by his wife, Alice Nadine and loved by his children, Dennis and Allen and his daughter in law, Marilyn. He was adored by seven grandchildren: Laurel, Kristin and Anna; Abraham, Danielle, Miriam and Frances. His many friends will miss him dearly. Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Lonnie; twin brothers, James C. and John B.; and a sister, Rose Margaret. A funeral service will be held for Dale at 1 p.m. on Wed., August 20 at Walnut Lawn funeral home with visitation occurring Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.. Burial will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, with full Military Honors.
Walnut Lawn Funeral Home
2001 W. Walnut Lawn St
Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 17, 2014