Joseph Robert Kemper

June 8, 1963August 31, 2020

Kemper, Joseph Robert 57, of Blaine, MN, died unexpectedly August 31st, 2020.

Joseph is preceded in death by Leo Kemper (Father), Barbara Kemper (Mother) and John Kemper (Brother).

Joseph Kemper was born June 8th, 1963 in Minneapolis, MN. Joseph will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

A memorial will be held at Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home, 552 East River Road, Anoka, MN on Saturday, September 12th, 2-3 (Will be live streamed from the Gearhart Anoka Facebook.).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and CDC guidelines, the number of guests will be closely monitored. Everyone please bring and wear a mask.

Gearhart Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-4347


  • Celebration of Life Gathering

    Saturday, September 12, 2020



Joseph Robert Kemper

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Rob Arthur

September 12, 2020

Joe and I were inseparable as young kids growing up on Sprague St. I was thrilled when the Kempers moved in across the street and even more thrilled when I met Joe. Such a great kid - Sweet, funny, adventurous, and most of all - kind. We laughed and played together for years, How lucky I was to spend all those years growing up together. His family were all that way, sweet and kind. I had been in touch with him these past few years, and always enjoyed his lighthearted repartee. Joe Kemper was a fine man. He will be missed.
- Rob Arthur

Kari Arthur

September 12, 2020

I grew up across the street from the Kempers and have been friends with Joe from age 5. I last talked to Joe the Friday before his untimely passing.
I considered Joe one of my very best friends. He was one of the kindest, funniest and most loyal people I’ve ever known. I have some extremely funny stories about our friendship.....πŸ˜‚
Additionally I could tell you about the numerous times he’s been there for me when nobody else was!! πŸ™πŸ’•
It’s been very difficult for me to handle the grief and pain of losing him, but I’m super grateful that he’s now joined the rest of his family in Heaven. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Jessie Lefler

September 10, 2020

To Heather, Gabriel, Evelyn & Hera:
I'm so sorry for the loss of Uncle Joe. Your family has suffered the loss of too many loved ones, in a very short time. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Mark Oney

September 9, 2020

Joe and I were friends dating back to 1972 at Wilson Elementary School in Anoka, MN. Him and I always had so many laughs. We were sports card collectors and sports fans. We always liked doing little acting skits and even recorded a few memories on tape. I still have my copy of his tape from back in 1979. I did lose touch with him in the mid-80's but with the help of Facebook was able to get in touch with him. In 2016, we did meet at a Burger King restaurant. and since that time I always chatted with him about every week.
Four years was just too little time. I had still had a lot of things I wanted to share with him. Yet, we did get together as often as possible. He was still the same funny but very wonderful person. I will always remember the many times we chummed around as kids. I am just still in disbelief that he has left us. He will always be remembered as my best friend ever.
I miss you very much, Joe. I just wish we could have more time together. We shall meet again up there.

Toni Scheper

September 9, 2020

I went to college with Joe at SCSU. Although he had tons of friends, we had a close group from Mitchell Hall, where he lived downstairs from me. We'd eat at Garvey together. He drove me to the cities and back when we were students, and he went to church with me. He wanted to sit in the front row, then snickered through the service! We talked about relationships as we walked through cemeteries together for fun. (I know, wierd!) After college, we kept in touch through Facebook. I last saw him at his mother's funeral, however he had messaged me only a few days before he died. He had an incredible, almost unbelievably good memory, and it was always so fun to hear him bring up details I'd long ago forgotten! I'll miss him! He died too young!

Elliot Wong

September 9, 2020

Joe and I met in grade school and were friends through high school and college. Even though we grew apart over the years, I always considered him one of my best friends. It's still hard to think he's gone.

Dana Galush

September 9, 2020

I just wanted to say how deeply sorry I was to hear of Joes passing. We went to high school together, he was always very kind. My prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.

Joan Coryn-Vargas

September 9, 2020

Oh Behalf of the Entire Coryn Family to the Kemper Family, Herrity's, Baumeisters, Walton's and friends and any family we may have missed:

We are all grieving with you after hearing last week about the sudden passing of our beloved, cousin, nephew, brother in law, etc. Joe.

We all have so many memories of Joe throughout the years from reunions, playing with legos, telling jokes, or doing whatever kids do growing up, we have so many fond memories, too many to list.

We all just recently spoke with him on the phone and had no idea that just few short days later we would hear the heartbreaking news that he had passed. No words can describe the pain so many of us are experiencing losing Joe but we know for sure he is in Heaven with all of our family and friends that passed before us. We are sure the reunion they are having in Heaven with Joe now is a joyous one and they are all awaiting the day when its our time to leave this earth and join them and our Lord God, Jesus and Mary.

Many are questioning why this happened, and that we will never know, but we do know that Joe would not want us to be here in pain or crying for him, that just was not who he was! Joe was a rock for so many people and now we can join together and be his rock and show people in our lives the lessons he taught us, he was a genuinely kind man and a good person, we should all take a lesson from him and live life with a smile and that contagious laugh of his and remember the good times.

Joe will forever live on in our heart and soul!

God bless to the family and friends of Joe. We probably will not be able at this time to get to the funeral due to the distance, the covid, and health issues we are dealing with here but wanted you to know we are praying for Joe and for all the family and friends and our love and thoughts are with you all. God Bless and as Joe's mom, Barbara would always write in letters jmj= Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Amen and God speed Joe see you in Heaven soon!

Lindsey Schmidt

September 8, 2020

I only met Joe a couple years ago, but he has definitely left his mark on my life! Joe and I became very fast friends. Whether we were going out to eat, singing at karaoke, or just spending time doing pretty much nothing, the time we were blessed with to spend together was mutually appreciated, as we could always find something to laugh about or something else we had in common.
I still cannot comprehend that Joe has passed and that I cannot call him, message him, or play that dumb trivia game on Facebook with him again. However, I AM thankful he is forever free of the physical problems/pain he often had. May Joe be welcomed into Heaven by Jesus with his mom standing at God’s side with open arms. I look forward to the day we met again, Joseph Kemper!

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