Morris DeKemper, 98, Dubois

morris-dekemperMorris DeKemper, 98, of Dubois, died Tuesday (October 18) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Dubois September 21, 1918, to Anthony and Emma (Beck) DeKemper He married June McBride November 3, 1951, at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in French Lick.

Morris was a U.S. Marine veteran and served as a B-25 Mitchell crew chief in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from Indiana Cabinet in Dubois.He was founding member of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and served for 40 years as the assistant chief. He was a 60 year member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and served on the Dubois Water Department board of directors for 40 years. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois, where he served as an usher and was a past member of the church council. He enjoyed farming, gardening, and being outside.

He is survived by his wife, June DeKemper; three sons, Terry DeKemper and wife Carol, Celestine, Tom DeKemper and wife Tina, Jasper, and Joe DeKemper and wife Cherie, Dubois; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Vernon DeKemper

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Raphael Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Raphael Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

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