OBITUARY

Harry Kember

August 28, 1934February 10, 2012

Harry Joseph “Soup” Kember, Jr., 77, a native of Destrehan and a lifelong resident of White Castle, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at his home. He graduated from Ascension Catholic High School in 1952. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Joan, for 51 years. He devoted his life to his wife, family, and community. He was a past member of the Louisiana National Guard, the White Castle Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Post # 212, and the Knights of Columbus Council #4346. He served on the Board of the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District and was a proud member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for 7 years. He is survived by his sister, Dale Kember Sanders; three daughters, Janet Kember, Jerilyn Kember, Liz Kember; two sons, Keith Kember and wife, Penny, Rob “Lil Soup” Kember and wife, Lisa; 15 grandchildren, Ryan Landry, Jesse Landry, Korey Kember, Jacob Simoneaux, Ryder Simoneaux, Kasey Newman, John Barker, Jr., Jacqueline Barker, James Barker, Jude Barker, Chantel Distefano, Kolby Kember, Quinn Kember, Addison Kember, John Robert Kember; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Bourgeois Kember, mother, Una O. Kember, father, Harry J. Kember, grandson, Joshua O. Barker, and granddaughter, Kirsch K. Kember. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in White Castle from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Ourso Funeral Home in White Castle. His family would like to give a special thanks to Cardinal Hospice, Dr. Keith Landry, Dr. David Hastings, Dr. William Russell, Diane Cross and Bridget Barker. Condolences can be made at www.oursowhitecastle.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 13, 2012
REMEMBERING

Harry Kember

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Puppy

February 18, 2012

Janet and Liz,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughst are with you and your family.

Melissa Bourgoyne

February 15, 2012

Mr. Soup was an extraordinary man. He was not only a dear friend to my dad but to me also. I will forever cherish the memories of the many talks we had on politics. He was always so supportive of me and my job. He made me "White Castle" proud. May you all find comfort in knowing how special he was to so many people.

Melissa Sanchez Bourgoyne

Ginger F. Smith

February 14, 2012

With Heartfelt Sympathy,

Melanie Canova

February 14, 2012

I was sorry to hear of "Soup"'s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nick Meole

February 14, 2012

Janet and other members of the Kember Family.
Remembering the good times with your Dad helps to overcome the difficulties of his passing. My condolences and deepest sympathies in your loss. My "Re-Elect Soup" T shirt is one of my prize possessions.

Jo Carolyn Heard

February 13, 2012

My "Sweet Soup" I know now you are in no pain. In just the few weeks that I took care of you, you became a special person to me. Now go and fly with the angels and watch down on all your family and friends. My prayers go out to you family during this time. You will always have a special part of my heart. Missing you already. Always Jo Heard (HHA) Cardinal Hospice

Lisa Landry Castagnos

February 13, 2012

Jerilyn, Janet & Family, so sorry to hear about your Dad, prayers to you and your family.

Sally D'Aquin

February 13, 2012

Janet / Liz,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

JEANETTE SAIA LAURENT

February 13, 2012

CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF SOUP'S FAMILY & FRIENDS. HE SERVED ON THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN LEVEE BOARD AT THE TIME THAT I SERVED AS THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY; ALWAYS A KIND, GENTLEMAN, THAT COULD BE ANYTHING HE WANTED TO BE IN BUSINESS & IN PUBLIC SEVICE. WE VISITED HARRY & JOAN MANY TIMES AT THEIR NEW BEAUTIFUL HOME HE BUILT FOR THE FAMILY OUTSIDE OF WHITE CASTLE. REST IN PEACE, HARRY--YOU & JOAN ARE TOGETHER; WE MISSED JOAN FOR MANY YEARS AND NOW HARRY WILL BE MISSED.

Willow Mae Babin

February 13, 2012

I guess your mom and dad and our mom are having a good time talking about old times.. You have our deepest sympathy from ElaineWillow-Mae and Dave Babin.