Kevin K. Kemper, 48, of Dillsburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. Born in Mechanicsburg on June 10, 1964, he was the son of Dale F. Kemper and the Late Stella J. King (Osborne).
He had a long wrestling career that began when he was in elementary school and lasted through high school and into his adulthood. He represented Northern High School at the Pennsylvania state wrestling championships his senior year, 1983, an achievement he was very proud of.
After graduating, he was an assistant coach with Northern wrestling for several years and formed life-long relationships with many of the kids he coached. After attending Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in Lancaster, where he also wrestled, he went to work with his father and learned the floor covering trade, where he was employed by Kemper Floor Covering. After his father retired, he then ventured out on his own as K&L Flooring.
Kevin had a zest for life! He poured his heart into what he loved, including hunting, fishing, cooking and his garden. Though he was a floor covering installer, he could easily have been a chef in a four-star restaurant or professional fisherman, and if you gave him the time he would bend your ear with one of the many stories he loved to tell. When you needed something, all you had to do was ask and it was yours, whether it was a hammer, a sander or the shirt off his back. Kevin was all heart, filled with compassion for any in need, stray cats, lost people, he would take them in.
All that Kevin was will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Surviving, along with his father and step-mother, Marianne Ross, are his companion, Amy Baxtor; one brother, Ken K. Kemper of Dillsburg; two sisters, Kathleen K. Cook of Dillsburg and Karen K. Johnston of Mechanicsburg; two step-brothers, Shawn Lamparter of Gouldsboro, and Luke Sullivan of Boiling Springs; his step-sister, Nancy May of Dillsburg; his best friend, Eric Bushey of Dillsburg; his nephews, David Fesler, Derek Johnston, Tim Sullivan, Dan and Ryan Lerew; his nieces, Nina Johnston, Karen Patrick and Lisa Allen; and his beloved cat, Bogey. He leaves behind a large and motley assortment of friends who loved and cared for him very much.
A memorial service for Kevin will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, July 23, at Daybreak Church, 31 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Ministry of Dillsburg, 211 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, or Daybreak Church, 321 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.cocklinfuneralhome.com.