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Norman P. Keammerer dies at 90

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Norman P. Keammerer, formerly of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at Brethren Care Nursing Center in Ashland, Ohio. He was 90.

He was born April 6, 1917 in Portage, the son of Roy and Edith (Anderson) Keammerer, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Dec. 16, 1938, he married Laura Nicholson, who preceded him in death in 2000.

He is survived by a son, David (Sandra) Keammerer of Valparaiso; a daughter, Doris (John) Wanamaker of Ashland, Ohio and a son, Warren (Deborah) Keammerer of Boulder, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grand children and a sister-in-law, Grace (Allen) Cotterman.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald, a granddaughter, Linnaea and a great-grandson, Erik.

He graduated from Portage Twp. High School in 1934. A long-time resident of Liberty Twp., he was a farmer, volunteer fireman, a bus driver and custodian for Liberty Twp. Schools, where he shared his knowledge of Native American artifacts with many students. He retired from Duneland School Corporation as a maintenance engineer. He enjoyed bird watching with his wife and passed that love on to the next three generations. For many years he was a weather observer for one of the Chicago TV stations. As long as his health permitted, he was active in serving his Lord at Hope Lutheran Church in Portage.

A funeral service, Rev. Jerry Castleman officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Interment will be at McCool Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso; also from 9-10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at Christ Lutheran Church.

The family requests memorials be given to Lutheran World Relief

 of Heifer International


Posted 2/20/2008