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Joseph Kemper

Oct. 19, 1918-Dec. 18, 2007

Joseph Kemper, 89, of Waubun, died on December 18, 2007, at the MeritCare Palliative Care Unit in Fargo.

Joe was born to Bernard and Mary (Niehaus) Kemper on Oct. 19, 1918, in Rosedale Township. He attended the Fish Lake Country School and worked on the home farm in Waubun. At the age of 19, Joe was drafted into the United States Army, where he served his country for three years. On Dec. 13, 1943, he married Larraine Haider at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun. Upon his military discharge in 1945, Joe and Larraine purchased the Ahles farm, which they operated until 1981 when Joe retired. Joe's love for dairy cows was evident, as he continued to help on the farm until the time of his death.

Known for his ability to dance, Joe looked forward to attending dances where he could polka and waltz. In his younger years, he played the violin and fiddle -- even performing at barn dances. An avid outdoorsman, Joe also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In recent years, Joe liked gardening and enjoyed a good game of solitaire. He loved his family and cherished time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe is survived by five sons, LaMonte (Wanda) Kemper of Bozeman, Mont., Michael (Colette) Kemper of Mahnomen, Ronald (Jane) Kemper of Waubun, Thomas (Karyn) Kemper of Moorhead, and Kenneth (Karri) Kemper of Isanti, Minn.; one daughter, Kathleen (John) Grise of Waubun; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Schoenborn of Mahnomen.

Preceding Joe in death were his parents; wife, Larraine; and one son, LaForrest "Frosty" Kemper.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun, with the Rev. Bob Leising officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were Joe's grandsons, Matthew Kemper, Andrew Kemper, Nicholas Kemper, Ryan Syverson, Matthew Kunz, Dominic Kunz, Randall Lundgren and Gavin Nordby.

Honorary bearers were Joe's granddaughters, Aletha Kunz, Marla Kunz, Dana Syverson, Shannon Lundgren, Sarah Kemper, Monica Kemper, Tera Kemper, Rachel Kemper, Andrea Burns and Alicia Haverkamp.

Services were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.