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Richard J. Kemen, of Isanti, formerly of Braham, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti.  He was 91 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

Richard John Kemen, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti. He was 91 years old.

Richard and his twin Ralph were born on April 13, 1925 at Madison, MN. His parents John and Clara (Schacherer) Kemen owned and operated a farm near Madison until he was 12, when his father died. Richard joined the United States Army on October 18, 1943 to serve our country during WWII. He was part of the Normandy invasion on Omaha Beach. A few months later he was injured in Brest, France. His injuries involved a slow recovery and he was discharged on August 27, 1945 receiving a Purple Heart.

Richard married Marcella “Sally” Rose Nistler of Eden Valley, MN on June 30, 1949. They resided near Spring Lake Park, MN. Richard worked for Bud Johnson at Arrow Pontiac as an auto mechanic. They moved to Coon Lake (near Forest Lake) where he worked for the Twin City Arsenal as an engineer. In August 1958 they moved onto the farm near Braham, where together they raised seven children.

Richard was a member of the Rush City VFW and Knights of Columbus. He and Sally assisted in the construction of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham where he has continued his membership.

Richard always shared his enjoyment of music by playing his trumpet and harmonica at a young age and by singing in the choir at church.

Richard is preceded in death by his parent, wife Sally, twin brother Ralph, and grandson Isaiah David Gamache.

Richard is survived by his sons, Michael (Patricia) Kemen of Lowell, MI; John (Cindy) Kemen of Braham; daughters, Barbara (Jon) Hjelm of Braham, Mary (Patrick) Higgins of White Bear Lake, Renee (Ed) Hesse of Cold Spring , Cathy (David) Gamache of Rush City, and Patricia Kemen of Maple Grove; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Levno of Brainerd, Loretta (Greg) Utecht of Richmond and Theresa (Gordon) Miller of Maple Grove; plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

5 thoughts on “RICHARD J. KEMEN”

  1. Uncle Dick holds a special place in my heart, as he was my Godfather.

    I will always have fond memories of time spent at the Kemen farm as a child. The beautiful house, Sunday family dinners, playing in the hay loft and outdoors… time spent with my cousins was so special. As we all grew older, we had such fun at the weddings, where Uncle Dick taught me to dance the polka. He was a fabulous dancer, and always made a point of dancing with me at these events.

    While these past years have been challenging, I know that saying good-bye to your father is very hard. I hope that many wonderful memories will help you through the difficult days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

  2. A beautifully written review of Dick’s life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I regret that I will not be able to be with you on Friday for the celebration of his life.

  3. I got to know Dick as he was married to my cousin Sally. He was a very nice and friendly man. Thanks to him for serving our country . Prayers to him and the family

  4. I was privileged to work with Richard over his last few months as his St. Croix Hospice Social Worker. I will always remember him as a very respectful and kind man. I will miss my time with him even as I know that he is enjoying all his memories that have now been restored to him. I look forward to seeing him in heaven.

  5. Dear Patty,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I had never met your dad, he had to be a wonderful person as he (and your mom) raised a wonderful daughter – you! Keep your memories of your dad close to your heart as they will bring you comfort and joy.

    You and your family are in my thoughts an prayers.


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