Truman Ray Kemper – November 10, 2013

Kemper Obit PicTruman Ray Kemper, 83, a resident of Dallas for 61 years, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Cooper Center (Berkley Room) at 12200 Preston Road in Dallas at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Timothy Warren officiating. A reception will follow.  Interment will be at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas on Nov. 14, 2013, at 2:30 PM next to his parents, Ray and Ina Kemper, and brother, Clois (“Buddy”) Kemper. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.
Truman was born March 25, 1930, on a farm in Swisher County, Texas.  Both sets of  grandparents had come to the Panhandle of Texas in the early 1900’s by covered wagon, and Truman’s schooling was in a one room schoolhouse for eight grades near the family farm.  After his family moved to Amarillo, he graduated valedictorian of a class of 840 in 1948 with a 99.5 average.  His transportation to and from the University of Oklahoma where he  graduated with honors in l952 was hitchhiking where the 278 mile trip would often take several days and nights.   He became a CPA shortly after graduation and worked in the accounting and stock brokerage field until the age of 82.   In Dallas Truman worked for the Clint and John Murchison families  for almost 25 years and thereafter for  Charles and Sadie Seay and family for over 25 years.  He has many friends and fellow employees from those relationships who relied without question on his trusted counsel,  wisdom and steadfast loyalty.
Truman  was a weightlifter at  Doug’s Gym in downtown Dallas for over 40 years until back surgery and then Parkinson’s Disease took away his mobility and strength. Even then he refused to be a  captive, and often would be seen barreling down Northwest Highway on his motorized scooter, the envy of some of his assisted living neighbors at Edgemere.   He possessed  a wicked sense of humor and perfect memory,  a love of ancient history, and collector of 18th and 19th century art.   A kind and generous friend,  ultimate big brother,  and uncle.
He is survived by his sister, Lynda Zimmerman of Dallas and John Nolan, sister and brother in law Glynda and Charles Patterson of Arlington; and nieces and nephews, Don Zimmerman, Leigh Zimmerman, Elaine Zimmerman, Brooke Patterson and Taylor Patterson and wife, Lindsey Patterson, Toni Sturgess, Bill Kirk and Lori Collier; and his two great –nieces, Ashlee and Erin Zimmerman.  His last years were made easier by his assistant and friend, Mike Cano, and his devoted caretakers, Tamara Love  and Selina Valles.
“I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now.  Let me not defer nor neglect it; for I shall not pass this way again.”
Donations in Truman’s memory in lieu of flowers can be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research  or to Operation Kindness in Dallas, or to any human being in need.

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