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In Memoriam: David Marion Kemper (Sept. 23, 1935 – Oct. 16, 2021)

David Marion Kemper passed away on Oct.16, 2021. David was born Sep. 23, 1935 at home outside Jefferson, Oregon to Robert and Pearl Kemper. He joined older brother, Robert (Bud) Jr. By the time David was in second grade the family had moved to the Silverton, Oregon area to be close to extended family.

While a freshman at Silverton High School, David met the love of his life, Marjorie Beasley. They were married August 21, 1955, eleven weeks after their high school graduation.

David worked for his father-in-law at Silverton Upholstery and Secondhand store. This was followed by jobs at Stiff’s Furniture Store, Wilco Farmers Co-op, and Unger Funeral Chapel. He ran a family ice cream wagon for two years in the mid-1970s.

David was also involved in the Oregon National Guard, was an active member of the Silverton United Methodist Church (66 years), the Silverton Fire Department (34 years), and Silverton Senior Center.

David is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie, their three children and spouses: Kay (Jim) Brandon of Salem, John (Patti) of McMinnville and Scott (Linda) of Boardman; their grandchildren: Rob (Kiran Dhanji) Kemper of Chesapeake, Virginia, Jim Kemper of Salem, Andrew Morse of Texas, Kristy (Aaron Hodge) Kemper- Hodge of Salem, Cynthia Kahler of Florida, Dan Kemper of McMinnville, Thomas Way of Boardman, Terra (Brandon Peura) Kemper of Chiloquin, Karen Morse of Seattle, Washington, Geri (Brandon) Kemper-Seeley of Washington, DC, and Jake Kemper of McMinnville; their great-grandchildren: Narayan and Priya Kemper of Chesapeake, Bodhi Kemper-Seeley of Washington, DC, Briar Peura of Chiloquin and Kylee, Isaiah and Landon Way of Boardman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Oct. 23 at Silverton United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank Serenity Hospice and Unger Funeral Chapel for their assistance.

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