John Keith Bemis, 30, of Delphos, died Aug. 7, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 28, 1981, in Greenville, son of Tony and Sue (Reddy) Bemis of Delphos.
Surviving are his parents; three sisters, Allie Bemis of Cleveland, Mary-Frances ""Fran"" Bemis, stationed in Guam with the U.S. Navy, and Christine ""Christy"" Bemis stationed in England with the U.S. Navy; a brother, Ted Bemis of Florence, S.C.; grandparents, Sue and Jack Reddy and Don and Naomi Bemis; aunts and uncles, Cheryl and Scot Story, Diane and Greg Ray, Patrick Reddy, Martha and Dan Lehman and John and Sandy Reddy; cousins, Ethan and Sean Story, Christopher and Kathleen Ray, Elizabeth, Victoria and Caroline Lehman and Joe, Sarah, Nick and Kathleen Reddy; and future brother-in-law, Maroun "Moon" Nammour.
Preceding him in death were his great-grandparents, Bernard and Martha Reddy, John and Marie Mazziotti, Theodore and Mary Elizabeth Yount and Ernest and Melissa Bemis.
He loved to cook and entertain. He was a part of the Delphos St. John's football team which won the state championships in 1997 and 1998. Keith also ran cross country during his senior year to stay in shape so that he could join the Navy. Keith also ran track all fours years of high school.
He as a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and graduated in 2000 from Delphos St. John's High School. He earned his associate's degree in criminal justice and marketing from San Diego State University and was also working toward his bachelor's degree.
At the time of his death, Chief Petty Officer Bemis was on active duty with the U.S. Navy in San Diego. Bemis began his career by serving on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain and providing support to ground troops during the first Afghanistan campaign. The Navy recognized him as Sailor of the Month in February 2004 for his efforts in preventing a fire which could have destroyed his ship.
After that, Bemis was recruited for the Navy in west Texas where he was the top recruiter. Recently, Bemis served as an engineer on the U.S.S. Independence and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Navigation in the Panama Canal.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, officiated by MSGR Chris Vasko. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, where there will be military grave rites by Navy Patriot Guard and by the Delphos Veterans Council. There will be a Parish wake on Monday at 7:30 p.m. with a full Rosary service to follow.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, 209 W. Third St., Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Keith Bemis Memorial Scholarsh?ip Fund.
Published by The Daily Advocate from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2012.