Lawrence Jay (Larry) Kemper, 65, Nevada, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Christian Healthcare and Rehab in Nevada. He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Cheyenne, WY, the son of Kermit Lawrence and Gladys Gertrude (West) Kemper.
When Larry was five years old the family moved to Missouri settling in the Schell City and Walker area. Larry attended school in Schell City until the fourth grade then finished grades five through 12 in Walker where he graduated with the Class of 1967.
After one year of college he began employment with the Missouri State Highway Department where he worked until his retirement in 2000. Though retired, he continued to work summers until 2012.
In 1969, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Gerster and to their union two children were born.
Larry’s hobbies included a love of hunting and fishing, and spending as much time in the out-of-doors as possible – – -especially in the timber.
The loves of his life included spending time with his family where he could be found attending the grandchildren’s sporting events and simply watching them grow up.
In recent years, he and Beth had attended the First Baptist Church. In past years, he had been involved in the Bus Ministry in conjunction with the Calvary Baptist Church as well as the Bus Ministry at Pine Street Baptist Church where he served as Deacon.
Survivors include his wife, Beth, of the home in Nevada; one daughter, Michelle Cox, and her husband, Jerry, of Nevada; one son, Michael Kemper, and his wife, Willa, of Denton, TX; one sister, Roberta (Bobbie) Barbour, and her husband, Kenny, of Walker; five grandchildren – Amber Vance and her husband, Sean; Christopher Enriquez; Renee Cox; Rebecca Cox and Cordell Cox; one great-grandson, Tanner Vance; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in the First Baptist Church in Nevada with Rev. Robert Burk officiating. Visitation was held from 2-3 p.m. just prior to the service at the church.
Interment followed in the Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood. The family has requested donations in Larry’s honor to the Baptist Hill Assembly in Mt. Vernon or the Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood in care of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home