Monte Willard Kemper, son of the late Seth and Lilly Mae (Cross) Kemper, was born on April 25, 1922 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and departed this life on May 20, 2011 in Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove. He was 89 years and 25 days of age.
Monte grew up and attended school in Mtn. Grove and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School in 1940. He served his country in the United States Army-Air Force during World War II in several campaigns, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, and was honorably discharged on October 8, 1945 as a tech sergeant. He received the American Defense Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and one Overseas Bar.
Before going overseas, he was stationed at Randolph Field Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
While living in Texas, he met his future wife, Frankie Barron, and they were married on June 9, 1942 in San Antonio. Two children were born to this union.
They made their home in the Mtn. Grove area all their lives, except for Monte’s time in the service.
Monte retired from Mid-America Dairymen in Cabool, Missouri, after working there for many years. He enjoyed camping with his family and going on vacations.
He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Monte attended First Free Will Baptist in Mtn. Grove where he enjoyed the services and visiting with his many friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Kemper; his daughter, Betty Ann (Kemper) Gann; and three sisters, Susan Swain, Lucy Dodd, and Elizabeth Burrer.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie W. and Marimartha Kemper of Mtn. Grove; two grandsons, Ronnie D. Kemper and wife Jeanie and Daniel Ray Kemper; two great-grandchildren, Shawn Michael Kemper and Jennifer Kemper; and many other relatives and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Bruce Moore officiating. Betty Dale sang “Sweet By and By” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Pallbearers were Paul Harker, Max Walker, Tom Cooley, Malcolm Kemper, Junior Brill and Farris Lawler. Honorary pallbearers were Bert Spurgeon, Leonard Freeman and Lavoid Jennings. Full military honors were given at the cemetery by the American Legion Post 30 Army Burial Detail Team with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.