Allen “Big Al” Kemper, 70, of Burbank, passed away at his home with his wife and children present on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. He has taken his final cruise and joined his deceased parents, Harley and Wilma (Oley) Kemper and only brother, Dennis Kemper.
Al was born on Groundhogs Day, Sunday, Feb. 2, 1947 in Cleveland. He retired from General Motors in Parma after 30 years of service at the age of 49.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Kortyna) Kemper to whom he married on July 21, 1973. Also surviving are his beloved children, Jill (Israel) Smith of Lodi and Eric Kemper of Burbank; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ann and Ed Hirsel, Gerard Kortyna, George and Gina Kortyna, MD and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends and his beloved kitty, Dum Dum.
The family would like to thank Grace Hospice, Gilcrest Center and drivers, NX Stage of Brunswick and Fresenius Dialysis of Wooster for the tender care they provided for Al as he ended his battle with organ failure.
Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where friends may call from 12:00 noon until time of services at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Burbank Cemetery. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 3513 Massillon Rd., Suite 270, Uniontown, OH 44685.
To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.
Name: Katie Kemper
Aunt Alice, Jilll and Eric,
My heart hurts for all of you. My love is with you during this incredibly difficult time. There are no words that will bring him back or make it hurt less, but his memory will always live on. I am so grateful for all of the laughs he gave to me while I was growing up - he will always be a part of my past and who I am today. I’m honored to share the same last name with him.
PS: It will always be AAJE and DSMRK. A & D found G & G again.
Name: Robin Kemper
Aunt Alice, Jill & Eric,
My heart is broken. Uncle Al was one of the toughest guys I’ve ever known! Knowing that he is now with Grandma, Grandpa & my Dad is comforting, I just wish we didn’t have to hurt so much. I love you guys so much..forever & ever ALWAYS!!
Name: Janis & George Kortyna
Allen was the most mechanically talented, artistic and skilled true GENIUS I have ever known
I met him back in 1971 -- way before he married Alice -- and he awed me even then with his powerful yet also gentle personality
He was kind enough to invite me to his 'Bachelor Party' right before he married Alice [[ Not to worry, Alice --- if I was there you know it was okay ]]
I could prolly write a book about the antics, abilities, and accomplishments of this guy ... but suffice it to say he had a unique way of getting his ideas into reality --- could YOU cut two cars in half and then weld two of the halves into a custom vehicle ???
And --- as all geniuses do --- he also always showed the tendency to evolve mentally
When I first met him, he absolutely *hated* CATS. But he eventually came to *love* them --- like his kitty Dum Dum [[ loved so much as to be mentioned in his obituary ]]
Allen --- you were One Of a Kind !!! The world will be a much poorer place without YOUR
talents that made it a *better* place !!