Arthur J. Kemper, Jr., 87, of Collinsville, IL, born Wednesday, January 18, 1933, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.
Arthur was a retired carman from Conrail Railroad. He was a 60 year member of East Lodge #504 AF & AM, 50 year member of Scottish Rite Bodies, 50 year member of Ainad Shrine, Past President Uniform Units, 45 year member of Southern Illinois Court 86 R.OJ. and 50 year member of Moose Lodge #4 Caseyville, IL. Korean War Army Veteran serving in the 11th Airborne.
He was preceded in death his:
- Son: Benjamin T. Kemper
- Parents: Arthur J. and Carrie H., nee Thompson, Kemper Sr.
- Brother: Edward L. Kemper
Surviving are his:
- Wife: Alma Ruth, nee Smith, Kemper of Collinsville, IL
- Daughter: Clara E. (Michael A.) Coziar of Lufkin, TX
- 2 sisters
- Joyce (George) Foster of Hacks Neck, VA
- Dorothy O’Dell of Granite City, IL
- Melinda A. (Robert Benjamin) Moore
- Michael L. Coziar
- Great grandchildren
- Adain W. Coziar
- Madeline E. Moore
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Visitation: Visitation from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday, July 20, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. Jester walk-through 11:13 am followed by the Masonic Service at 11:30 am.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, July 20, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
We love you Grandpa Art.
Rita, Bjork, and Uriah
Always a gentleman and kind soul. A sparkling smile, twinkling eyes, a talented gardener and builder, a loving husband, grandpa, uncle, brother, brother n law, friend , family member and citizen. Your memory is cherished and you will be missed always.
Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories you shared be of comfort to you. Sending love & hugs
Jan & Steve Porter
I will always remember Art as a good friend when we served in Headquarters Company at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in the 1950s. I know he will be missed by family and friends.