Ellen Darlene Kemper, 82, died June 11, 2013 at The Ambassador Care Center in Sidney. She was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Blanchard, Mo., to Harold and Verda (Younger) Larabee. Darlene grew up in northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa where she attended various schools.
She enjoyed playing the guitar and basketball. She graduated as salutatorian of her class from Northboro High School in 1949.
On April 9, 1950, Easter Sunday, she married Dale Ebert Kemper at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Westboro, Mo.
She was a homemaker, raising her four children and helping Dale on the farm. She also worked for Iowa Finance, Henry Fields and Wal-Mart. She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Westboro, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning the goods that she raised, and watching cardinals while working outdoors. Darlene’s greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded by her husband, Dale, in 2009, and brother-in-law Virgil Hein.
Survivors include her children, Kirk Kemper and wife Gloria of Sidney, Derek Kemper and wife Margaret of Morrison, Colo., Rawn Weston and husband Randy of Farragut, and Darla Peregrine and husband Michael of Coin; 13 grandchildren, Kyle Kemper of Wylie, Texas, Kassie Jorgenson and husband Steve of Council Bluffs, Kari Fernando and husband Laika of Overland Park, Kan., Shawna Rossmiller and Brian Green of DeWitt, Jared Kemper and Shelby Tosh of Newport Beach, Calif., Nicholas Kemper of Denver, Trent Kemper and Katie Taylor of Mission Viejo, Calif., Courtney Kemper of Denver, Rachael Sims and husband Shane of Bel Air, Md., Renee’ Hammons and husband Brian of Shenandoah, Raelyn Weston and Clint Griffith of Shenandoah, Eric Peregrine of Des Moines, and Dustin Peregrine of Coin; 12 great grandchildren, Kendall, Jerry, Haedyn, Roslyn, Aiden, Brandy, Emmalynn, Kash, Korynn, Cael, Mya and Payton; sister Margaret Hein of Essex; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Westboro. Burial is in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation with the family is Sunday, June 16, from 2-4 p.m. at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, or the Ambassador Care Center of Sidney.
Online remembrances or condolences can be left at www.kirschfuneral.com.
The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements.