Charles Stephen Kemker, 79, of Connersville, passed away Wednesday evening, April 4, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis after becoming ill earlier that day.
One of six children of Stephen Edward and Opal Rodgers Kemker, Charles was born August 31, 1938, in Connersville.
Following his graduation from Connersville High School, Charles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country during the Vietnam era from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1963, attaining the rank of Corporal. He also served with the Indiana National Guard for over 13 years.
On February 17, 1958, Charles married the former Judy Mae Patterson in Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Kemker survives.
For many years, Charles was employed at D & M where he was a member of UAW #151. Active in local veteran’s affairs, he was a life-long member of Amvets Post #11 where he served as Past Commander and District Commander, American Legion Post #1, Fayette County Veterans Council, and local commander of the D.A.V. Chapter. Along with Jim Yohler and John Mize, Charles helped establish the Fayette County Veterans Transportation Organization for which he was County Coordinator. Charles also was a member of Optimist Club where he served as Lieutenant Governor for the Indiana North District. Charles was honored to have the governor of the state of Kentucky bestow upon him the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel.
Besides his wife of 60 years, Judy Kemker, survivors include five children, Edward (Billie) Kemker of Kodak, Tennessee, Charles A. (Jeannie) Kemker of Rushville, Indiana, Rebecca (Robin) Richter of Covington, Georgia, James (Sylvia) Kemker of Davenport, Florida, and Velma (Kenneth) Gabbard of Connersville; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Audrey McKinney of Connersville; a brother, Robert (Dana) Kemker of Connersville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a son, John Stephen Kemker who passed away in 1986; two sisters, Barbara Chance and Lorretta Huber; a brother, Paul Kemker.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Reverend Gerald Holmes will officiate. Burial with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard and Fayette County Veterans Council will follow in Dale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Memorial contributions can be made in care of the Fayette County Veterans Council, and online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.