Warren Wilber Kemper, 74, of rural Wapello, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Great River Medical Center.
The son of Oscar and Hilda Whitaker Kemper, he was born September 1, 1938. Warren married Shirley Thomas on April 27, 1958, in Morning Sun.
He was a graduate of Wapello High School, class of 1956.
Warren Wilber Kemper
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1956-62.
Warren was a third-generation farmer on a farm southeast of Wapello. In his younger days, he was a 4H leader and also drove a school bus for the Wapello Community School District.
Warren was head of the Township Trustees Fire Association. He was instrumental in helping to purchase new fire equipment for Wapello and surrounding communities.
Warren has been involved with local and also national chapters of the Corn Growers Association. He and Jack Parsons were very influential in bringing ethanol to Iowa.
He was part of a committee called the Rivers and Locks Committee. Their goal was to revamp the river locks and dams on the Mississippi River. He made numerous trips to Des Moines and Washington D.C. to try to push this through. During the flood of 1993, as a Louisa County Supervisors, Warren helped to bring in thousands of dollars for recovery efforts. Also, in the Flood of 2008, he was instrumental in bringing Senator Grassley and Senator Harkin to Oakville to tour the devastation first hand.
Warren was a member of the JI Case Collector's Association; JI Case Heritage Foundation; Past Director of Illinois Old Threshers Association. He was a member of the Wapello United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kemper of Wapello; sons, Thomas and Melanie Kemper of Montour and Mark and Heather Kemper of Wapello; one daughter, Judy and Kirk Gerst of Wapello; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Evelyn Augsburger.
The funeral service was Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Doolin officiating, along with Dave Nelson, Dave Seick and Marvin Hardy. Interment followed at the Wapello Cemetery with graveside Military Rites.
Memorials have been established for Jefferson Township Cemetery Fund, Wapello Youth League and the STC Rec. Program.