Stewart M. Kemis, 56, passed away Monday, Jan. 14 in Longmont, Colo., after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. He was born in Fargo, N.D., April 5, 1956, to Lyle Kemis and Genevieve (Jennie) Ripplinger Kemis. He moved to Colorado as a child and attended Mountain View Elementary and Longs Peak Junior High. He studied printing trades at the Career Development Center and was a 1975 graduate of Longmont High School, where he was a staff photographer for the yearbook. Stewart was well known in the Longmont community for his role as the Scout Master of Boy Scouts of America Troop #281. Under his guidance, over 20 boys achieved their Eagle Scout designation, including his son, Adam Kemis. Stewart also coached soccer for his daughter Sara Beth Kemis' girls' team, sponsored by LUSA. Stewart earned his private pilot's license, his instrument flight rating (IFR), and twin-engine certification. Stewart was a man with many hobbies, including fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, backpacking, skiing, mushroom hunting, and general "Stewarting." He was an outdoorsman, excellent photographer and cook. He worked as lead pressman at Leanin' Tree for over 30 years. He married Debra K. Brown in 1985; they later divorced. Stewart is survived by his parents, Lyle Kemis (Marie), of Greeley, Colo.; his mother, Jennie Whiteaker, of Longmont; his daughter, Sara Beth Kemis, of Denver; his son, Adam Michael Kemis, of Denver; his sisters, Cathy Moritz (Rick) of Mead, Colo.; Nancy Toth (Doug), Longmont, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ted Whiteaker. He will be greatly missed by many loving friends. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Lutheran Church, 803 Third Ave., Longmont, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, indianpeakswilderness.org
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