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Robert N. Kemmere

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Robert N. Kemmere, 64, of Mt. Victory, died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born Sept. 28, 1948, in Kenton, a son of the late Norman and Marie Claphan Kemmere. He married Bev Purtee on Nov. 2, 1995, and she survives, along with four children, Veronica (Kevin Amerine) Kemmere of Bellefontaine, Trevor (Shelley) Kemmere of North Lewisburg, and Damian (Allison) Kemmere and Blaine (Kendra) Kemmere, both of Kenton; three stepchildren, April McIntire of Quincy, Christina (Rob Ferguson) McIntire of Russells Point and Greg McIntire of Mt. Victory; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Richard Kemmere of Upper Sandusky; and three sisters, Shirley Cole of Kenton, Diane Ruhlen of Lima and Joyce (Roger) Casper of Dola.

He retired from Kroger after 20 years and then served at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville as an emergency services coordinator, an EMT and Haz-Mat, among other duties. He retired from Honda with 20 years of service. He was one of the original members to start up the BKP and had also been an instructor there in the early 1970s. He joined the Mt. Victory Fire Department in November 1980 and served as captain and executive officer. He was a member of the Fire Chief Association, was a 29-year member of the Kenton Moose Lodge and was active in the Community Watch Program.

He loved to watch all his grandchildren exceed in life as well as helping his “li’l” girl, Kami, grow into a beautiful young lady. He also enjoyed his weekly luncheons with the Kroger retiree ladies.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. John’s United Church of Christ with the Rev. J. Mac Geissinger officiating. Burial is in Dunkirk Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home in Kenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Victory Fire Department. Express condolences at


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