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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Kenneth Jay Kamper

March 1, 1955February 14, 2020
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Kenneth (Food Man) Kamper 64 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at home holding his wife's hand. Ken was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington, Iowa. He served 3 years in the Army stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany and was Honorably Discharged in 1979. Ken attended Upper Iowa University where he played football. Following relocation to Knoxville he played Rugby with the Knoxville Possums. Among his many accomplishments he was a concert trained tuba player and an award winning barbeque cook. He and his wife enjoyed gardening together, time at the beach and watching birds from their deck. Ken was employed by Farmers Mutual of Tennessee for 33 years as a Senior Underwriter. He was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Elgene Kamper; father-in-law, Fred Myers. Survived by wife of 18 years, Rita Kamper; sister and brother-in-law, Karilyn (JD) Madden. Ken loved his many great nieces and nephews, special friends whom he affectionately referred to as the Bubbas and his beloved dog, Josie. The family will receive friends Thursday February 20, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home 3704 Chapman Hwy. Family and friends will meet Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Myers
  • Charlie Newman
  • JE Price
  • Doug Pickens
  • Art Reynolds
  • Gordo Watson
  • Anthony Bailey
  • Justin Bailey

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 21, 2020

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Jim & Gail Moore

February 22, 2020

Rita , Jim and I are so sorry to hear of "Food's" passing. We have been following your journey with him since he became sick. We will remember him fondly & with good memories of our Christmas's together at Deb's and Mike's. It is said that our loved one's never die --they live on in our hearts and memories. You all had so many adventures & special times together & so many good memories. You are blessed in that you had the "love of your life" and so did Food & there's not many people who can say that. We're thinking of you & pray that God will give you comfort during this time .
Please accept our sincere sympathy
With Love & Memories,
Jim and Gail

Abby Shoffner-Greeson

February 21, 2020

Food,
You meant the world to me, and I hope you always knew that. I will always remember you letting me be a part of the "Sammy" contests at the pool and will always cherishe the memories of fishing at the lake and you calling me Flipper/Flip. Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. The world lost a great man.
~Flip

Joe Amore'

February 21, 2020

Rita we are so sorry for your loss. Ken was always a pleasure to visit with when we saw you guys at BBQ contest. He will be missed. You will be in our hearts and prayers. Joe & Voncile (Smoky Mountain Smokers.

Sandy Thede

February 20, 2020

We are thinking of you, Rita and Karilyn, at this time and sending our love and prayers. Kenneth was my first cousin, Elgene's oldest child and we grew up only four miles apart.

Though I am older, we were always together for every holiday at our grandparent's farm in Arlington. We explored the farms and spent time in the upstairs in grandpa and grandma's house during our Easter and Christmas times together. Being almost ten years younger, Kenneth and my youngest brother, Tom, always seemed like little pests to me when we got together. They would get into my personal items and were always bugging me. (For the longest time there were seven grandsons and only two of us grand- daughters.) I remember one time they helped tie my last doll up by her neck from the windmill which was next to our house. They then proceeded to beat the stuffing out of the doll.

When Kenneth married Rita, we so enjoyed seeing them on their trips home to Arlington when they would come visit my dad. They shared fun stories of their trips to the ocean and times they entered barbecue competitions.

You will be greatly missed, Kenneth. May you rest in peace.

Nelson Hatchett

February 19, 2020

I first met Ken back in about 1984. He drove to our office in Cowan TN and brought our big red FMT agency manual book. That must have been about the time he started working for FMT. Ken was a man of few words, at least in his professional life. Over the years he invited us to his barbque contest and made sure we got something to eat and a cold beer. He was a good cook for sure. I never saw him play rugby but as big as he was he had to be good. Rita, I don't think I ever got the pleasure of meeting you. Our office staff is sorry for your loss. We worked with Ken for many years. That man of few words will be missed by everybody in our office down here in Winchester, TN. God bless you all thru this time.

Anita Shoffner

February 19, 2020

Food Man-
A world without you is a world dimmed.
We loved you- because you were our friend, because you were good to “Flip” (Abby) but mostly because a person couldn’t know you and not love you!
You were funny, fun to “decorate” at all those gatherings at the lake way back when and always the first to ask “what can I do” when someone had a need! I’ll never forget our summers around the FOP Pool and on the dock fishing, at the Winter Ball occasionally and all those summer Sunday afternoons at the lake!
Abby still thinks that first fish she caught was something special- because you shouted and were so proud of her and you spent 30 minutes showing it off to anyone within a mile, calling that stinking carp a “trumpet mouth bass” - you made her feel like she was the only kid who ever caught a fish!
Thank you for your smile, your warmth and your love for the past 30 yrs!
May your rest be a good one, with lots of bbq and a lake always in sight.
Until we meet again...
Gary and Anita Shoffner

Cathy Bailey

February 18, 2020

He was a good brother-in-law and a good uncle to my sons and grandchildren. He loved our family and we will miss him always. So glad my sister had such a loving husband.

Cathy Johnston McClure

February 18, 2020

Dear Rita......
My love and prayers go out to you and your family during this very sad time. Know that all your friends and God are holding you up and praying for grace and strength during your sadness. Love and hugs are with you this week and for the days ahead. Love you girl ❤️

Cathy

Buck Rogers

February 18, 2020

Proud to be a "Bubba" to my pal Food.....
Hardly any better a Brother.
Till Valhalla My Friend

Steve & Vickie Ownby

February 18, 2020

Rita (Desert Queen), so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He along with all the Possum's were one of our favorites at Sevierville. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family.

Steve & Vickie Ownby
Holy Smoke, LLC

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Biography

Kenneth (Food Man) Kamper 64 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at home holding his wife's hand. Ken was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington, Iowa. He served 3 years in the Army stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany and was Honorably Discharged in 1979. Ken attended Upper Iowa University where he played football. Following relocation to Knoxville he played Rugby with the Knoxville Possums. Among his many accomplishments he was a concert trained tuba player and an award winning barbeque cook. He and his wife enjoyed gardening together, time at the beach and watching birds from their deck. Ken was employed by Farmers Mutual of Tennessee for 33 years as a Senior Underwriter. He was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Elgene Kamper; father-in-law, Fred Myers. Survived by wife of 18 years, Rita Kamper; sister and brother-in-law, Karilyn (JD) Madden. Ken loved his many great nieces and nephews, special friends whom he affectionately referred to as the Bubbas and his beloved dog, Josie. The family will receive friends Thursday February 20, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home 3704 Chapman Hwy. Family and friends will meet Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service.