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SIBLEY — Donald J. Kemmer, 91, of Sibley died at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Heritage Health in Gibson City.

His funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with Father Thomas Theneth officiating.

Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with a rosary service at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 26, 1923 in Germanville Twp., a son of William and Pearl E. Knight Kemmer. He married Ruby C. Kerber on Nov. 20, 1948 in Gibson City. She died Nov. 29, 2011.

Surviving are his children, William (Diana) Kemmer, Sibley, Cheryl (Philip) Brown and Marlene Cluver, both of St. Joseph; seven grandchildren, Regina Lewis, Carley Kemmer, Alex Kemmer, Ryan (Cara) Roberts, Amy (Jake) Dorsey, Dawn Cluver and Torrie (Rick) Strada; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin, Dan and Abby Lewis, Hanna and Patrick Roberts, Noah and Zoey Straka and Henry Dorsey; and a sister, Rita Whipple, Utica.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marvin; three sisters; four brothers; and his son-in-law, Monte Cluver.

Donald worked for Central Soya in Gibson City for 18 years. He later worked for Firestone for 22 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. He was an avid sports fan enjoying Illini football and basketball, the Chicago Bears and NASCAR. He was an Army veteran.

Memorial tributes may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or Gibson Area Hospital.


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