Herman KempkerNovember 30th, 2019
Herman Kempker, 91, of Wardsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 7, 1928, in Mary's Home, a son of the late Stephen W. and Mathilda "Tillie" (Leven) Kempker. Herman was united in marriage on September 27, 1950, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to Gladys Rackers. He was employed by the City of Jefferson, Transit Division and Capitol Ice Company. Herman then went to work for the Missouri Department of Transportation where he retired after many years of dedicated service in the Sign Shop. Herman was a member of the Wardsville Lions Club, St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society, and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He was a former member of the Wardsville Town Board and a former manager of the Senior Housing Complex in Wardsville. Herman would also read meters for the Wardsville Water District. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, but most of all, Herman cherished the memories created with family. Herman is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gladys; daughters: Dianne Brandes of Jefferson City and Mary Kempker of Wardsville; son: Mike Kempker (Jean) of Jefferson City; siblings: Larry Kempker (Judy) of Taos, Delores Kelsey of Jefferson City, Betty Kliethermes (Harry) of Wardsville and Barb Hammond (Kenny) of Jefferson City; brother-in-law: Lloyd Dusheke of Jefferson City; grandchildren: Amy VanOverschelde (Shane), Jeff Kemp-ker (Laura), Julie Heckman (Stephen) and Ben Schneiders (Brandy); great-grandchildren: Jordan, Morgan and Bryce Schneiders, Landrey, Gavin, Anabelle and Eliza VanOver-schelde, Claire and Elise Kempker, and Easton and Brodie Heckman; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law: Ken Brandes; sisters: Ermine Dusheke and LaVern Koenigsfeld; and brother-in-law: Jim Kelsey. Friends will be received from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Ignazio C. Medina officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church or School. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.