Bob Kemper was a good man and a close friend during high school days. As far as I'm concerned, there were no negatives. He was a gentleman and he was kind. I moved to California 2 months after graduation and didn't see Bob again until 11 years ago, when I attended our 50 year high school reunion. I saw a man standing 30 feet from me, didn't recognize him, asked who he was and was told Bob Kemper. I immediately walked over to him, covered my name badge and asked "Bob, do you know who I am?" He didn't. We had a long talk that night and continuing the following day at a luncheon on the river front. I have regrets that Bob and I didn't stay connected throughout the years. Deep regrets. A few weeks before he died, Bob and I became Facebook friends. We would have stayed connected and gotten re-acquainted via Facebook. The day before he died, Bob sent me a Facebook "wave". Bob has been in my thoughts a lot. I'm glad that I knew him and deeply saddened about his passing. Angela, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers also.
L. ROBERT 'BOB' KEMPER
MUSCATINE, Iowa -- L. Robert 'Bob' Kemper, 79, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, due to an automobile accident.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Dave McIntosh will officiate. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the combined squads of the American Legion Post 27 and the V.W.F. Post 1565. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Angela Kemper. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Bob was born on April 19, 1938, in Moline, Illinois. He married Jenny Lee on November 10, 1961, in Muscatine. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2011.
He was a veteran of the US Army serving in New Mexico. He was a machinist at Prime Mover Company retiring in 1997. He attended Hillcrest Baptist Church and was an avid Harley Davidson rider.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Christine Ralls of Ely, and Angela Kemper of Muscatine. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father and his wife.
Ron and I are deeply sorry for the passing of Bob, he was always such an important part of Erma's life. Saw him a few months ago at the home show and talk about old times. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ron and Mary Ann Soenksen
Engagement photo from 1961
I didn't know Bob very well but he was a high school classmate. So sorry for your loss. My dad died in a car accident when I was 10. I can feel your emptiness. God be with you.
My condolence to you Angie i waited on you guys on Sundays at applebees. he will be missed very very much your dad was an amazing person with an awesome heart!!!
Bob was a good man. He credited his wife for making him a good man. I don't believe that. Bob was good by nature. He deserves a lot of credit for his character.
I just loved cooking a big steak for Bob he always appreciated it so much, he said he couldn't boil water, he will be dearly missed at our holiday dinners, and our cookouts Sparky Frye
Bob has been a loyal blood donor at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for over 20 years!..He has helped save many lives!.We will truly miss this remarkable man! ...Muscatine Staff...Barb..Mindy..Monnette..Becky
Angela & family- I am so sorry for your tragic loss. My heart goes out to you all and I pray that God lifts you up with everyone's prayers.
I have known Bob for a short time and met just a few times, when we met he always had a smile and a few jokes to put everybody at ease. Rest in Peace cousin Bob.
Bob was a favorite cousin and even though I live in Moline, we got together at least once a year, usually with Angela, to eat out. I miss him already. Super guy and super friend.
Shocked. Bob was a classmate & our 61st reunion is in 2 days. He was always a friendly one anywhere you saw him. Nice man. So sorry for his family!
I am shocked to read of his passing! I am a neighbor and recall just seeing him a few days ago sitting on his bike and someone was taking his picture. Bob and Jenny were very good neighbors and willing to help if there was a need. May God comfort you. Prayers, Grace Steckman
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