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Richard Kemper

  • On January 3, 2019

Richard Kemper, age 88 of Mt. Lebanon, PA formerly of Mansfield, PA passed away on January 2, 2019. Beloved husband for 65 years to Marjorie, loving father of Rebecca (Blase) Scarnati of Flagstaff, AZ and Barbara (Jim) Hois of Mt. Lebanon, PA, proud grandfather of Elizabeth Scarnati, and Jeremy, Jason and Kelly Hois.

Born in Evansville, IN, he graduated from University of Evansville, served in the Army as bassoonist with the US Army Band and 7th Army Symphony and taught instrumental music in Dubois County, IN. He was the oboe and bassoon professor at Mansfield State College (University) for 24 years while performing with the Corning, Elmira, and Williamsport Orchestras. He is beloved as a mentor to many students. As a homeowner at Chautauqua Institution, it was his summer home. family/friends gathering place, and chamber music venue for 3 decades.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1 PM at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richard Kemper/Kurt Hider Double Reed Scholarship at Mansfield Foundation, 71 S. Main, Mansfield, PA 16933, give.mansfieldfoundation.org.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.pittsburghcremation.com.

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Linda Clautti
  • Jan 3 2019
Richard was one of the most kind, loving, peaceful and generous individuals on this earth. We had the pleasure of calling him "friend." Anyone who experienced Richard became a better person for knowing him. He will be missed so very much. The memories he created will alwasy be with us, though, as he is unforgettable in so many ways. Marjorie and family, please know that you are in all our prayers. Ken and Linda (Clautti) Hricz
Terry Schwinghammer
  • Jan 3 2019
My sincere condolences on the loss of both a great and a good man. My sister Ann and I took piano lessons from Majorie in Huntingburg, IN for many years during grade school. Richard and Marjorie were both wonderful people. I lived in Pittsburgh for 28 years and then in Washington, PA for 13 years. So close to Mt. Lebanon; I'm sorry we never had the chance to visit after all of those years.
Jim Willow
  • Jan 4 2019
I loved Mr. Kemper. He was always encouraging. Always in good humor. I am so grateful to have known him.
Margaret S. Bauer
  • Jan 4 2019
Dear Marjorie and family, My sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Kemper. I will always call him Mr. Kemper because he was my bassoon professor at Mansfield, and I wouldn't think of calling him Richard. What a great man he was, and what a wonderful teacher, and friend he was to his students. I am so sorry that I cannot attend the service on Saturday because I have another funeral to attend locally. Wish I lived closer to Pittsburgh! Thank you all for sharing him with us for all those years.
Fran Wunderlich
  • Jan 4 2019
Dear Marjorie and family, Please accept my sincere condolensces at this sad time. May all of you find peace and comfort in your memories of Richard. Sincerely, Fran Wunderlich Mansfield, PA
Mary Ann (Abate) Bauer
  • Jan 4 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family. Mr. Kemper was my student teaching supervisor, as well as oboe and bassoon teacher. He was a wonderful, caring man, and will be missed.
Barbara Banks
  • Jan 4 2019
Mrs. Kemper and all, Orin let me know about Mr. Kemper. I wish I had time to get to the service tomorrow. I would be there if I could. He was such a big part of my life. Sending prayers of comfort and support to you all. Love, Barbara Francis Banks
Kenneth Hess
  • Jan 4 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family. I have many fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Kemper at MU; they were some of my favorite teachers.
Gail Bender Battaglia
  • Jan 4 2019
Many wonderful memories of Mr Kemper from my years at Mansfield. I remember to this day double reed class. His love for the instruments was obvious. He was always so positive, patient, and pleasant! My sympathies to his family for your loss.
Carl Rasmussen
  • Jan 4 2019
Prayers to the Kemper family. Many fond and funny memories of MU classes and ensembles with Dr. Kemper.
Christopher Graves
  • Jan 4 2019
Mr. Kemper was an inspiration to all music students who were fortunate enough to know him. He was hilarious to all of us in his Woodwind I class and even funnier as the conductor of “flunky band.” He was a bright light. Thank you Mr. Kemper.
Anni Parsons Martyka
  • Jan 4 2019
Mr. Kemper has been in my thoughts throughout the years as one of the finest teachers I have known. From 1983 -85 he encouraged me to be the best oboist I could be. He was truly a wonderful musician and a wonderful man. Prayers to all in your family.
Ruth Haswell Sidorowicz
  • Jan 4 2019
Marjorie, I was very saddened to learn of Richard's passing from Tom Weirbowski . I often think of those wonderful Sundays when we used to drive from Ithaca to Corning for the concerts and dinners with all our Mansfield friends - good, good memories. Can you imagine the concerts that must now be going on with Richard and Alex - what rejoicing! My thoughts are with you and your children and grandchildren. With love, Ruth Sidorowicz
Denise Anderson Stanbrook
  • Jan 4 2019
Barb, so sorry to hear of your beloved father’s passing. He was much loved . My thoughts and prayers are with your family
Jill Novak Wood
  • Jan 4 2019
Barb and family I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I always think of you and your family when I drive past the house on St James Street. ❤️
Susan Laib
  • Jan 4 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathies. But know that Richard's legacy lives on in the current double reed students at Mansfield; I am forever thankful for the foundation he laid. Sincere condolences to Marjorie, Becky and Barbara, and all of Mr. Kemper's grieving former students. They are indeed his legacy.
David L Spinner
  • Jan 4 2019
Condolences to the family of Mr. Kemper. I was a band student of his in Huntingburg, IN and in 1965 he selected me to play the bassoon. Unfortunately I wasn't very good, but he kept working with me. To this day, when I hear a bassoon in a song, I think of him. He was a good man. David Spinner
Glen A. Brumbach
  • Jan 5 2019
Please accept my sincere concolences on the passing of Richard Kemper. I have many fond memories of our encounters during out student - professor relationshp. Even thought I was a brass player he always had time for me in and out of class. I had him for instrumental methods and double reed class as well serving as my student teaching supervisor. He was a huge help to my career although my right arm still smarts a little from where he would fondly punch me when we would playfully trade musical barbs. Rest in peace Mr. Kemper knowing that you helped, influenced and inspired many students throughout your career.
  • Jan 5 2019
Dear Kemper family, I was truly shocked and saddened to hear of Richard's passing. I have very fond memories of our time together at MSC. As a tuba player, I was often teased by Richard and enjoyed the back and forth banter. A few memories include taking a woodwind pedagogy final in a Santa suit and getting an A on it. He was truly interested in the success of all MSC students and his sense of humor endeared him to all. I will never forget how much he encouraged me to look for a position in Pennsylvania, which I still love dearly. The three years spent as a graduate assistant at MSC taught me the research and perseverance skill to succeed in any endeavor, and Richard and Margie were a big part of that. If there is a position for a woodwind expert in heaven, I am certain that Richard has made "First Chair." Rest in Peace, my teacher, and may the angels welcome you into Paradise!
Rev. David McIntyre
  • Jan 5 2019
Dear Marjorie and family ... please accept my sincere sympathy in the death of Richard ... my Junior Hi and Hi School Band Director in Huntingburg IN ... he put the Huntingburg HS instrumental music program on the map! Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jass & Dance Band and numerous ensembles!! He was high energy, high patience and high expectations ... a good combination for a good program. Under his tutelage we all did well at regional and state competitions. At 73 I still consider HHS Music very important in the development of my life. Of course, you and Richard were also friends of our family (esp. my sister, Nancy) ... which meant a lot as well. Thank you for your devotion to him for these many, many years. He has left a fine legacy; thanks be to God for his life and positive contributions to the world. Sincerely, Rev. David McIntyre
Penny Nagy
  • Jan 5 2019
Dear Barb and family, Sorry to hear of your father's passing. May the lives he touched and the legacy he leaves comfort you at this time. Penny McCarty Nagy
Dr. Galen Leitzel
  • Jan 6 2019
Marjorie, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I was saddened to hear of Richards passing. I owe a great deal to this kind man, who was willing to accept me as a saxophone major at Mansfield in 1971 and launched my career in Music. He also served as my Supervisor during my student teaching semester. He was always very kind, but always insistent on great musicianship. I regret I did not stay in touch. Gods blessings to you and your family.
Jerry Bachman
  • Jan 6 2019
Though he was not my major teacher, I always thought so much of his personality and sensed of humor. His influence in my life started WAY back, when I was a band camp geek and he gave me theory lessons apart from what he taught in his regular theory class. Way above and beyond the call of duty.
Kurt Hider
  • Jan 6 2019
Great man.
Kurt Hider
  • Jan 6 2019
Great man.
Diane Shumway
  • Jan 7 2019
Mrs Kemper and family, So sad to hear the news. Mr. Kemper was loved by all who knew him, and I am thankful to have had his and Mrs. Kemper's influence in my life. God bless you all.
Rod Kelchner
  • Jan 7 2019
To The Kemper Family, Joan and I just learned of Richards death. We extend our sympathy. Although we have not seen you for many years, we often think of you. It is well known that Richard was an excellent teacher. He was a valued member of our faculty, a good friend, and a person who earned the respect of many, many, people. Mansfield University was fortunate to have two "Kempers" as members of our faculty. Rod Kelchner
Jim Lutz
  • Jan 8 2019
Mrs. Kemper, Our sincere sympathy. Richard & I met at Pastor Merry’s combined choir installation. We shared many discussions over Panera soup-sandwich lunches: grand kids, church, schools , music . . . Sigh. . . Great memories of a great friend.
Joan and Rod Kelchnr
  • Jan 9 2019
Joan and I extend our sympathy to the Kemper family. It is well known that Richard was an excellent teacher. In addition he was a valued member of our faculty, a friend, and most important, a good person. Mansfield University was fortunate to have two Kempers on its staff.
Joan and Rod Kelchner
  • Jan 9 2019
Joan and I extend our sympathy to the Kemper family. It is well known that Richard was an excellent teacher. In addition he was a valued member of our faculty, a good friend and most important, a good person..
Gordon and Connie Gillette
  • Jan 11 2019
Mrs. KEMPER and family, Connie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. KEMPER. He was truly a great man, teacher, and friend. We both have many wonderful memories. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you during this most difficult time. Mr. KEMPER may you Rest In Peace.
Carol Foster
  • Jan 25 2019
Mrs. Kemper, my sincere sympathy to you, with my prayer that God will comfort you with wonderful memories. I was a French horn major at Mansfield, and it was playing in the woodwind quintet with Mr. Kemper, Jim Dale, Tom Gallup (?), and Judy (?) that taught me the most about performance—and gave the most joy in playing. He was a remarkable teacher and wonderful man.
Ken Leffler
  • Apr 17 2019
Just found out the passing of this most wonderful human being. How sad. I immediately started to and will continue to reflect on the wonderful memories of him I had at Mansfield during my 4.5 years as a music major. We were about the same height and build and he loaned me his personal tuxedo to wear for a Wind Ensemble concert because I did not have the $ to rent or buy one. God bless you Mr. Kemper. Wish I had stayed in touch with you. Ken Leffler
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  • Mar 25 2020
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