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Stephen Alan Kemper

• Oct 8, 2017 at 5:36 PM

BELLEVUE — Stephen Alan Kemper, 78, of 455 W. Main St., Bellevue, died peacefully Friday in his home surrounded by family and friends while listening to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

He was born in Norwalk, Ohio on June 20, 1939 to Maudi-belle (Hosford) Kemper and Henry David Kemper.

Steve was an elementary student in Norwalk, then graduated as Class President from Clyde High School in 1957. He then served in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal from 1957-1959.

Steve married Susan Cumming on September 26, 1964, and they had two children, Kenneth L. Kemper (Lorna) and Stephanie Kemper Liu (John). He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1965, where he earned a BA in English and also studied Piano Technology.

They moved to Bellevue where Steve joined his father in the scrap business at Kemper Iron & Metal Company, which Henry founded in 1904. Steve became the owner in the 1970s and ultimately operated the business for 52 years.

On March 3, 1978, Steve married Mary Elizabeth Sheridan Ralls Kemper and welcomed her children, Jason R. Pressler (Sandy) and Heidi Kemper Hodges (James), into the family. Together they raised their kids and had a wonderful marriage until Mary Beth passed on February 4, 2010.

Steve completed his life with his loving companion Cheryl Irons, and her three grown children Julie Irons Cave (Bryant), Jenny Irons Sloas (Ben), Sarah Irons (Patrick), and their families.

He served as the President of Bellevue’s Rotary Club in 1995-96. He had over 20 years of perfect attendance and was a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow. The Republican Presidential Committee awarded him a Medal of Honor recognizing him as an Honorary Regional Chairman. He was an active member of the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce where he served as a Director from 1998-2003, and was the President in 2002. He was member of the Bellevue Hospital Foundation Board for many years. Steve served multiple terms as a city councilman. He served on the board of the Bellevue Public Library and was President during the major renovation. Perhaps his most cherished community role was serving on the Board of Directors of Croghan Colonial Bank where he was elected in 1996, and continued to serve until his death. Prior to his director role at Croghan Colonial Bank, Steve served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Union Bank of Bellevue.

He was the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Beth and his siblings Henry David Kemper, Jr and Kathryn Black, and is survived by his brother William C. Kemper of East Lansing, Michigan.

At Steve’s request, friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kemper residence at 455 W. Main St., Bellevue. A funeral service will be held at 6p.m. Friday at the Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue, where visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk.

In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to The Bellevue Public Library or the Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

Foos & Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue, OH 44811 in care of arrangements.

Memories and condolences may be shared at: www.foosfuneral.com.


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