Eugene “Gene” Kemper, 63, of Altenburg passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Gene was born August 24, 1951 in St. Louis, MO, the son of James R. and Francis McConell Kemper.  He and Diana Thiess were married April 4, 1974 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Gene worked as a manager at Schnucks for 25 years in the produce department.  He loved meeting people and seeing them around town.  He owned and operated It Werks a home construction company for many years.  He would take his son Gavin with him on jobs to teach him.  He did this to the point of helping Gavin own his own business.  Through hard work and determination Gene created a family farm for the entire family.  He accomplished in one life what generations before him had been trying.  Gene lives on in our hearts and minds and will never be forgotten

Loving survivors include his wife Diana of 41 years, a son Gavin Kemper and fiancé Stefanie Edmonds, a granddaughter Rylie Kemper and his mother-in-law and step-mother Kathryn Kemper.    All services will be private.

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  1. Diane Mangels

    My deepest sympathy to you all and God’s Blessings during this difficult time.
    Diane @ Peoples Bank

  2. Debbie Petty

    I worked with Gene for many years. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  3. georgia

    your family has my deepest sympathy!

  4. Rick Prost

    Gene and I worked together at Schnucks produce dept. for over 20 years. Watching him come up with and build some of the most elaborate displays was a thing of beauty!!! Gene’s creativity really shined whenever he built anything! He was a good friend and I will miss him. Rest in peace my friend!

  5. Donna Fowler

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I love you dearly. May God wrap his arms around you and carry you, Gavin and family through your trials. Prayers going your way!

  6. Daryl and Linda Farrar

    We are so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. What a good guy he was! Gene always had a big smile on his face and was never without a good story to share. Please accept our heartfelt condolences in your loss. God Bless!!

  7. Brandy Webb

    You don’t know me but I am a member of Team Martina. We are Martina McBride’s fans who enjoy doing nice things for people in need. I met Gene last Thanksgiving when we were delivering Thanksgiving baskets to the hospital. Gene talked and laughed with me, for a second I was wondering if I was the patient. He really left an imprint on my heart. I did not remember his name but when I saw his face I knew it was the same sweet man I had talked with in the hospital that day. I know everyone who knew him will miss him. My prayers are with you all. Find peace knowing he has gone home to God.

  8. Dale Burroughs

    Barb and I are very sorry to read of your loss, Gavin and family. We haven’t met but know that you were/are a great friend to our grandsons, Jacob and Josh. God bless you with extra strength thru this trying time.

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