John Robert "Bob"-Kemper-Obituary

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John Robert "Bob" Kemper

Franklin, West Virginia

May 27, 1940 – Nov 19, 2021 (Age 81)


May 27, 1940
November 19, 2021
Franklin, West Virginia


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Basagic Funeral Home - Franklin Obituary

⁰John Robert “Bob” Kemper, age 81 of Franklin, WV, passed away at his home on Friday, November 19, 2021. He was born on May 27, 1940, in Hanover, PA, the son of the late John Preston and Virginia (Donelson) Kemper. Bob married Shirley Faye (Hammer) Kemper, who preceded him in death on July 7, 2011.


Bob was a graduate of West Minister High School in Maryland. He was co-owner of Kemper's Store and he owned and operated Kemper's Auto, where he specialized in painting and auto body repair.


Bob is survived by: 3 daughters, Kathy Lockard (Guy Milstead) of Franklin, WV, Wanda Allaby of Struthers, OH, Mary Jordan of Petersburg, WV; 3 step daughters, Terry Hammer (Emmett) of Linville, VA, Susan Jo Ash of Charleston, SC, Cindy Varner (Eugene) of Sugar Grove, WV; a step son, Kelly Hammer (Tammy) of Franklin, WV; a brother, James W. Kemper of Little Town, PA; a number of grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by: a daughter, Karen Lineweaver; and a step brother, Gene Donelson.


In honoring Bob's wishes, his body has been cremated and a celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin, WV, with Elder David Hartman officiating. Memorials may be made to CAN. Memories and words of comfort may be left at or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.



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We have many fond memories of "Mr. Bob" at the store; we stopped almost every evening on our way home. He was always so witty and you never knew what he was thinking or going to say!! Our sympathy and prayers to all of you.....