Richard L. Kemnetz, 89, of Piper City, passed away Sunday (June 30, 2019) at his home.

He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Piper City, the son of Fred and Goldie (Reed) Kemnetz.

Richard married Betty Lou Price on April 21, 1955, in Piper City. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Len (Pat) Jackson, of Piper City, Dale (Deanna) Kemnetz, of Piper City, and Michael Kemnetz, of Gilman; six grandchildren, Kyle Kemnetz, Sheena Kemnetz, Kristy (Dan) Sheridan, Anita (Shawn) Platz, Sharon (Aaron) Schuette and Melinda (Mike) Breen; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Donald Kemnetz; and one sister, Mary Jane Stahl.

Mr. Kemnetz served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was a radio and telegraph operator.

He was a member of the Piper City United Methodist Church, American Legion and VFW in Piper City, and was a volunteer for the Piper City Fire Department.

Richard’s first job was at People Coal & Lumber in Piper City. Next he began in sales for Sears in Chatsworth and then owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store in Pontiac. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Piper City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Liz Reis will officiate. Burial will follow in Brenton Township Cemetery in Piper City, with military graveside rites provided by the Piper City American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the Piper City American Legion or Piper City United Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Please sign his online guestbook at


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