Henry Kemper

September 17, 2012

Kemper, Henry Obituary

Henry LaVerte Kemper was born April 13, 1932 in Washington, DC.  Hisparents William Brodie Kemper, Sr. and Dorothy Emroy Towles Kemper preceded himin death. On Friday, September 14, 2012, he departed this life at his home in Northwest, Washington, D.C. after a courageous battle with cancer.  His loving family surrounded him.  He received medical services for a week from Capital Caring of Washington, D.C. Hospice. 
 
Henry was affectionately called “Da-Da” by daughter Kim, “Fizzel Wink” by son Kevin, “Granddaddy” by granddaughter Brittain, “My Valentine” by Aunt Butter, “Peanut” by family friend Pam, “Little Fella” by Uncle Ronnie, “Zeke” by family and friends, “Larvee”,by Aunt Sis and “Monkey” by wife Connie.  For one special man, so many names were given depicting the feelings of love and joy shared by all who embraced him.
 
Henry attended Bruce Elementary and Banneker Junior High schools in Washington, DC. In 1950, he graduated from Armstrong Technical High School.  In 1951, he was admitted to Miner Teacher’s College, Washington, D.C.   
 
From July 1951 to February 1952, Henry worked for the United States Post Office in Washington, D.C. He separated from the United States Army, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland on September 13, 1954. Between November 19, 1952 and September13, 1954, the United States Army awarded him with the National Defense ServiceMedal, Combat Infantryman Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean ServiceMedal, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star with Device Wood Conduct Medal.
 
After serving in the military, Henry began working for the United States Department of Interior – Geological Survey.  He retired in 1986 after 29 years of faithful service.
 
Henry’s mother became a memberof Metropolitan Baptist Church at a very early age. The tradition continued with Henry as evidenced by his Certificate of Promotion on June 14, 1942.  He was promoted from Beginner to Primary status at the Metropolitan Baptist Church Sunday School.
 
Henry was united in holy matrimony to Constance Francis Gilbert, June 30, 1956 at Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, DC.  This union brought about two sets of twins born in 1957.  In 1959, Henry and Constance appeared in an article in the Evening Star newspaper titled “Mid-Town Couple Hits Jackpot; Four Children in 11 Months!”
 
On his last earthly day, he continued to know the need for the Lord. Earlier that day he wrote, “I am going”.  This was truly evidenced by his next written request to call Aunt Lorraine.  The belief by all is that Aunt Lorraine is on speed dial to the Lord.  Daughter Kim contacted her and she immediately went into prayer with him. 
  
Henry truly enjoyed life.  At an early age from 1941-1942, he served as School Safety Patrol.  He loved playing cards (Pinochle and Poker).  He possessed a true love for music.  How about the time Butter, Peggy and Henry spent the evening at the well-known Wilmer’s Park in Brandywine, MD, to hear Little Willie John sing, “Talk to me”.  The humor was that Henry slept through the entire performance wakening to say that’s a shame Little Willie John didn’t show up.  Aunt Butter responded “no! It’s a shame Little Henry Kemper slept through the performance.”  The TV remote controls belonged to him with the understanding that all persons present would have to share his passion of looking at Fred Sanford and Son, court television shows and most definitely baseball-Nationals and Orioles. Henry, how about those Nationals headed for theplayoffs? The Redskins was his favorite football team.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife of 56 years, Constance Francis Gilbert Kemper, daughters Kim Kemper Rhodes, Karen Anne Nicholson, & Kaye Antoinette Kemper (Doc Hayes), son Kevin LaVerte Kemper, granddaughter Brittan Rhodes (Brian Belton), greatgrandson Blake William Belton, brother William Brodie Kemper, Jr.,sister-in-law Peggy Proctor (James Proctor), nephews Mark (Linda) and Michael Proctor (Serena), great nephews James and Dominic Proctor and great nieceOlivia Proctor, daughter in-like Brenda Bell, sisters-in-law Ronnie E. Gilbert(Deceased) and Hortense Kemper (Deceased), brother-in-law Kermit N. Gilbert, Jr. (Deceased), and a host of other relatives and friends.

Henry LaVerte Kemper was born April 13, 1932 in Washington, DC.  His parents William Brodie Kemper, Sr. and Dorothy Emroy Towles Kemper preceded him in death. On Friday, September 14, 2012, he departed this life at his home in Northwest, Washington, D.C. after a courageous battle with cancer.  His loving family surrounded him.  He received medical services for a week from Capital Caring of Washington, D.C. Hospice. 

Henry was affectionately called “Da-Da” by daughter Kim, “Fizzel Wink” by son Kevin, “Granddaddy” by granddaughter Brittain, “My Valentine” by Aunt Butter, “Peanut” by family friend Pam, “Little Fella” by Uncle Ronnie, “Zeke” by family and friends, “Larvee”, by Aunt Sis and “Monkey” by wife Connie.  For one special man, so many names were given depicting the feelings of love and joy shared by all who embraced him.

Henry attended Bruce Elementary and Banneker Junior High schools in Washington, DC. In 1950, he graduated from Armstrong Technical High School.  In 1951, he was admitted to Miner Teacher’s College, Washington, D.C.  

From July 1951 to February 1952, Henry worked for the United States Post Office in Washington, D.C. He separated from the United States Army, at Fort George G Meade, Maryland on September 13, 1954.  Between November 19, 1952 and September 13, 1954, the United States Army awarded him with the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star with Device Wood Conduct Medal.

After serving in the military, Henry began working for the United States Department of Interior – Geological Survey.  He retired in 1986 after 29 years of faithful service.

Henry’s mother became a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church at a very early age. The tradition continued with Henry as evidenced by his Certificate of Promotion on June 14, 1942.  He was promoted from Beginner to Primary status at the Metropolitan Baptist Church Sunday School.

Henry was united in holy matrimony to Constance Francis Gilbert, June 30, 1956 at Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, DC.  This union brought about two sets of twins born in 1957.  In 1959, Henry and Constance appeared in an article in the Evening Star newspaper titled “Mid-Town Couple Hits Jackpot; Four Children in 11 Months!”

On his last earthly day, he continued to know the need for the Lord. Earlier that day he wrote, “I am going”.  This was truly evidenced by his next written request to call Aunt Lorraine.  The belief by all is that Aunt Lorraine is on speed dial to the Lord.  Daughter Kim contacted her and she immediately went into prayer with him. 
 
Henry truly enjoyed life.  At an early age from 1941-1942, he served as School Safety Patrol.  He loved playing cards (Pinochle and Poker).  He possessed a true love for music.  How about the time Butter, Peggy and Henry spent the evening at the well-known Wilmer’s Park in Brandywine, MD, to hear Little Willie John sing, “Talk to me”.  The humor was that Henry slept through the entire performance wakening to say that’s a shame Little Willie John didn’t show up.  Aunt Butter responded “no! It’s a shame Little Henry Kemper slept through the performance.”  The TV remote controls belonged to him with the understanding that all persons present would have to share his passion of looking at Fred Sanford and Son, court television shows and most definitely baseball - Nationals and Orioles. Henry, how about those National’s headed for the playoffs. The Redskins was his favorite football team.

He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife of 56 years, Constance Francis Gilbert Kemper, daughters Kim Kemper Rhodes, Karen Anne Nicholson, & Kaye Antoinette Kemper (Doc Hayes), son Kevin LaVerte Kemper, granddaughter Brittan Rhodes (Brian Belton), great grandson Blake William Belton, brother William Brodie Kemper, Jr., sister-in-law Peggy Proctor (James Proctor), nephews Mark (Linda) and Michael Proctor (Serena), great nephews James and Dominic Proctor and great niece Olivia Proctor, daughter in-like Brenda Bell, sisters-in-law Ronnie E. Gilbert (Deceased) and Hortense Kemper (Deceased), brother-in-law Kermit N. Gilbert, Jr. (Deceased), and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are as follows...


On Tuesday, October 2:

Viewing - Horton Funeral Home Chapel, Washington (map/directions) - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral - Horton Funeral Home Chapel - 11:00 a.m.
Interment - Arlington National Cemetery (map/directions) - 2:00 p.m.

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Viewing - Horton Funeral Home Chapel, Washington - 10:00 a.m.

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Funeral - Horton Funeral Home Chapel - 11:00 a.m.

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Interment - Arlington National Cemetery - 2:00 p.m.


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