January 28, 2021
Robert LaVerne Kemmerer died Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Resident Care Center in Beloit, Kan. Robert was born on Oct. 27, 1929, on the family farm north of Jewell. His parents were Ferd and Bertha (Queen) Kemmerer.
He attended Brewer County School and graduated from Jewell High School in 1949. Robert married his sweetheart, Patricia Shaver, on Sept. 23, 1951, in Jewell, Kan., and celebrated 60 years together.
Robert entered the Army Nov. 6, 1951, and was in Korea and Japan for 22 months. He finished his service in Virginia and was discharged on Nov. 6, 1954.
Robert served on many committees throughout his years. He was instrumental in helping bring rural water to Northcentral Kansas by serving on the Rural Water District board No. 3. In 1944, Robert joined the EUB church, later named the Salem United Methodist Church, and was a faithful member. After the church closing, he transferred to the Jewell Christian Church. Robert enjoyed farming and raising his six children on the family farm. His love for children expanded to 4-H, which was a huge part of his family’s life. Following his children in sports and 4-H activities gave him great joy.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Jane Gibbs; his mother and father; and siblings, Katherine, John, and Mildred.
He is survived by his children, Joycelyn Goff and husband, Allen, son-in-law, Rick Gibbs, John Kemmerer and wife, Jan, Joleta Shamburg and husband, Kevin, Jerald Kemmerer and wife, Jacque and James Kemmerer and wife, Kelley; two sisters-in-law, Nancy English and husband, Virgil, and Sandra Railsback. To his great joy, he also leaves 14 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren with two more great-grandchildren expected in April.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Melby Mortuary in Mankato with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
A funeral will be at the Jewell Christian Church at 2 p.m., on Saturday with Pastor Dan Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Cemetery. There will be military honors provided by the Jewell Legion Post 72, and Ft. Riley Big Red One, at the graveside.
Memorial contributions may be given to Resident Care Center, Beloit, or the Jewell Christian Church, Jewell, in care of Melby Mortuary, P.O. Box 384, Mankato, Kan. 66956.