KUEMPER - Eugene Kuemper, loving husband of Catherine (Kay) passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Yorkton at the age of 86 years. He was born the oldest son of Clemens and Antoinnetta (Bader) Kuemper at Muenster, SK where he grew up on the family farm and attended Golden Rule School.
As a young man Eugene worked near home and in Kitimat B.C. He then apprenticed to become an auto mechanic. This led to Eugene becoming a partner in a Texaco service station in Davidson, SK where he and his new bride, Kay, were active in the community. He served as a volunteer fireman and in the Knights of Columbus and Kinsmen.
In 1966, Eugene moved to Yorkton with Kay and their young son, Darwin. There, he quickly established himself as a successful career agent for The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company. He would go on to attend yearly conventions around the continent where he was presented numerous sales awards. Later he converted to life insurance and investment brokerage where he continued providing outstanding service to his many clients until his retirement in 2011.
In 1967, Eugene and Kay purchased the home where they would raise their family and host joy-filled gatherings of family and friends for the next 48 years. There they welcomed two more sons, Jason & Murray, into their lives. In winter, Gene loved the sport of curling, and in summer the family loved to camp, especially at Good Spirit Lake. That enjoyment of sun and sand led the family to acquire a cottage where, over many campfires, Eugene shared stories and sang songs late into the evening. His grandchildren loved to swim, boat, golf, mini-golf and explore with their Grandpa at the lake.
Community service was paramount to Eugene throughout his life. He was a 62 year member of the Knights of Columbus where he served in many capacities including Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator. He was also a prominent member of the Kinsmen and K40 Clubs and Rotary. His Catholic faith was always central, and he served St. Gerard's Parish on parish council and as a reader, but his great passion in his later years was as member and cantor of the church choir.
Our family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to all who selflessly gave Gene & Kay assistance, visitation and prayers during Eugene's illness.
Eugene leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life:
His loving wife of 59 years, Kay;
His children, Darwin (Cheryl) Kuemper and children, Savannah and Devon of Calgary, AB; Jason (Jana) Kuemper and children, Graham and Mitchell of Kenora, ON; and Fr. Murray Kuemper, Combermere, ON.
His sisters and brothers, Irene Sarauer, Alice Nordick, Loreen Faul, Angeline (Ivan) Dale, Ronald Kuemper, Rosemary (Ron) Muggli, Leonard (Shirley) Kuemper, Virginia (Robert) Kaese, Gloria (Ernie) Kuehne, Roger (Clara) Kuemper and Kara Kuemper.
His sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Verna Kuemper, Diane Kuemper, Valerie Kuemper, Paula Taphorn, Anita (Dave) Muyres, Margaret Bornhorst, Harold "Curly" Czernick and Dan Schultz.
As well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends
Eugene was predeceased by:
His parents, Clemens and Antoinnetta (Bader) Kuemper,
His parents-in-law, Ben and Agnes Bornhorst;
His sister, Helen Huls and his brothers, Walter, Dennis, and Brian
His brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard Huls, Arnold Sarauer, Art Nordick, Ken Faul, Irene Kuemper and members of the Bornhorst family.
Prayers were held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with Rev. Father Murray Kuemper presiding. The reader was Keith Hayward and the psalmist was Ingrid Prost. The Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Murray Kuemper and Rev. Fr. Louis Kim Nguyen. The cross bearer was Savannah Kuemper and the readers were Cheryl Kuemper and Devon Kuemper. The psalmist was Ingrid Prost and reader of intentions was Jana Kuemper. The gift bearers were Jason, Graham and Mitchell Kuemper. Members of Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th Degrees, participated in an Honor Guard. The interment followed in Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Henry Kweens, Clarence Parisloff, Joe Swejda, Wayne Exner, Bernard Slugoski and Larry Markham serving as the casket bearers. Assisting at the Altar were Orest Machushek, Rejean Houle and Greg Dubios. Words of remembrance of Eugene's life were shared by son, Darwin. Donations may be made to Madonna House Apostolate, 2888 Dafoe Road, RR#2, Combermere, ON, K0J 1L0, as gifts of remembrance.