Benhard Kemper


Benhard Kemper, 81, of Payson, died July 30, 2001. He was born to Fred and Beulah Hood Kemper Nov. 19, 1919, in Powell, Wyo.

Mr. Kemper served in the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man and officer from Sept. 10, 1940 to July 15, 1950. He served in World War II at Pearl Harbor, Midway and Guadalcanal, in and out of Iwo Jima, Guam and Okinawa. He flew F-4U Corsair planes in the war and for three years in China.

He was married to Katherine E. Davies in Cody, Wyo., and they had six children. Later they divorced and he married Bernice White until her death. Then, he met and married Blanchie Ann Olson, and they later divorced.

Mr. Kemper resided in Parkdale, Ore., for 28 years where he was an orchardist and Millwright for Hines Lumber Company. He retired and moved to Mesa in 1979 and later to Payson.

Survivors include his good friend, Helen Hill of Payson; three daughters, Diann Crapper of Hood River, Ore., Sue Cronkrite of Tigard, Ore., and Kathy McClure of Mt. Hood, Ore.; two sons, Bob Kemper of Sandy, Ore. and Dennis Kemper of Portland, Ore; one sister Evelyn Onstine of Powell, Wyo.; two stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Bernice White in 1992, and son, William "Bill" Kemper.

No services are planned at this time.

Donations can be made to the American Legion of Payson, the Moose Lodge of Payson, VFW of Powell, Wyo. or the Masonic Lodge of Hood River, Ore.

Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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