Joseph L. Kemper Jr., age 89 of Greenville, passed away at his home Saturday morning, October 19, 2019.
Graveside funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Robinson Cemetery. The family asks that the graveside service remains for family only.
Joseph Lewis, the son of Joseph Lewis and Anna Kerrigan Kemper, was born December 11,1929 in Rock Island, Illinois. He was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois and attended the local schools.
Joe was a family man married for 58 years to the love of his life Pearl Lucille (nee Renfro) on November 12, 1949. She passed away July 6, 2008.
Joe and Pearl had 3 children: Deborah Potts (Ronald); Joseph L. Kemper III (Sherry); and Jeffrey L Kemper (deceased) (Patricia). He was Grandpa to 10 grandchildren and great grandpa to 16 great grandchildren.
He was a Shriner at Ainad Temple for 40 years. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and tending his acreage. He loved being visited by all of his children and grandchildren. He worked his younger years as a teamster for Swift Packing house changing careers by becoming a laborer out of Local 100 in Caseyville where he later retired.