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David Eldon Kemper

David Eldon Kemper passed away at Graham Hospital on Friday, December 20, 2019.  David was born in Canton, IL on May 30, 1963, the son of Willard “Bill” Kemper and Doris Roloff Kemper.

David graduated from Canton High School in 1981.  He attended Spoon River College and was a Union Carpenter with Local #237.  He worked at Kemper Construction for 25 years, and also helped with the family businesses, WeeMaTuk Country Club and Kemper Rentals.

He was proceeded in death by his mother Doris Kemper (1979) and sister Vicki. (2000)

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Judy Kemper of WeeMaTuk, brother Joshua (Kayleigh) Kemper of Canton, sister Kara (Daniel) Fitzjarrald of Canton, sons, Kaleb and Brandon of Washington, and nieces and nephews Alessandra Puleo, Hannah Malmgren, Kate and Jack Fitzjarrald, Memphis and Beckett Berry, and Francis Kemper.

David served in the US Army.  He loved fishing, golf, basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and spending time with his family and friends.  He was a Certified Referee and loved coaching and refereeing at the Canton Special Athletes Basketball and the YMCA youth programs.  He loved his two dogs, Sami and Brandy. David always loved to give of his time to help others.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton.  David enjoyed helping with the youth programs.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of the services. Rev. Hank Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Shields Chapel Cemetery in rural Canton. Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to the Canton Special Athletic Program or the Canton YMCA Youth Basketball program.

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17 Comments

  • Deb Kuchan Eskridge

    Reply December 21, 2019 2:51 pm

    We are beyond heartbroken and will have a huge hole in our lives with him gone. So very sorry. Sincerely Deb, Stephen & Willie Eskridge

  • Norman Chadwick

    Reply December 21, 2019 3:17 pm

    Heartbreaking. Prayers for the Kemper family. 🙏

    • Sarah Walker

      Reply December 23, 2019 11:57 am

      I just met Dave at the basketball game Friday night. During the 5th grade game he was telling me about how he has been refereeing for 18 years. You could tell that he truly loved doing it. He has been in my thoughts and prayers these last few days. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and community.

  • Thershea Fillingham

    Reply December 21, 2019 3:55 pm

    So very sorry to learn about this. My prayers for Dave and the family.

  • Thomas Kemper & Family

    Reply December 21, 2019 3:58 pm

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of David. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Max & Lucille Latimer

    Reply December 21, 2019 4:13 pm

    “Angels are always near to those who grieve, to whisper to them that their loved one is in the arms of God”. We were blessed to have known David. May your beautiful memories bring you peace, comfort, and pride in all of your tomorrows.

  • Ray and Judy Brown

    Reply December 21, 2019 5:07 pm

    We are so sorry to read of Dave passing away. He was a friend to many and always ready to help. Our sincere sympathy to his family at this time. Ray and Judy Brown.

  • Fred Williams

    Reply December 21, 2019 5:14 pm

    Will miss you my Friend !!!!

  • John and Ruth Loebach

    Reply December 21, 2019 5:33 pm

    It was our pleasure to know Dave, He was a genuine good guy.

  • Troy Lefler class of 81

    Reply December 21, 2019 5:48 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the Kemper family

  • Tony Shuh

    Reply December 21, 2019 8:54 pm

    In total disbelief — such a great guy and what a terrible loss.

  • Marianne Nichol

    Reply December 22, 2019 8:09 am

    My thoughts and prayers to all!! I had the privilege of meeting David at McDonalds and remained friends every since!! Nicest gentleman I ever meet!! My sincere condolences!!

  • Mike Hardy

    Reply December 22, 2019 8:22 am

    I am happy to have known David clear back to high school and feel honored to have served with him.
    Reast easy old friend.

  • Landon Smith

    Reply December 22, 2019 8:59 am

    Dave was a good friend to many many people
    He will always be remembered in our hearts as our one true friend

  • Tammy Castagnoli

    Reply December 22, 2019 6:20 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the entire Kemper family.

  • Tim Irwin

    Reply December 22, 2019 7:13 pm

    David, I will always ‘rember’ you as you requested in my 7th grade yearbook. You were a good man and I am very grateful we were friends in those bygone days. I will cherish many memories of our time together and wish you Godspeed in your journey.

    Prayers and best wishes to all of David’s family and friends.

  • Jim and Dee Maynard

    Reply December 29, 2019 5:10 pm

    We just learned about Dave today(12-29-19). We were very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed talking to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Jim and Dee

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