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Michael Kemna

Michael LeRoy Kemna

Monday, November 15th, 1954 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Obituary

Michael L. Kemna
1954 - 2020

Michael Kemna, 65, of Lake Viking, MO passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 16th, 2020 after a whirlwind battle with lung cancer.

Mike was born on November 15th, 1954 to Emil and Blanche Kemna in Jefferson City, MO. After graduating from Helias Catholic High School in 1973, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Missouri State University.

After graduation, Mike began what would become an illustrious 33 year career with the Missouri Department of Corrections, including supervising the openings of WMCC and CRCC in Cameron, MO. Few people have equaled all that he gave of himself to the profession. He retired in 2011 after 33 years of dedicated service to the State of Missouri.

Mike married Mary Jane Maddox in 1979 and was happily married for over 40 years. Mike had four children; Brandon (Jennifer), Nathan (Liza), Joseph (Julie) and Stephanie (Brian), as well as five grandchildren; Keagan, Morgan, Lincoln, Truman and Quinn. He loved nothing more than having his family together, especially during Thanksgiving, his favorite holiday.

Mike enjoyed life at Lake Viking where he loved entertaining family and friends. Mike was passionate about woodworking, making countless pieces of furniture at his shop. Mike was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. He could be found watching all games at his son Joe’s restaurant, Konrad’s, in Lee’s Summit, MO.

He was preceded in death by his father Emil, his mother Blanche and his brother Bernie. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, his sister Mary Beth and his children and grandchildren.

Stories, photos, memories and condolences are welcome at https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/MichaelKemna

A Celebration of Life will be announced after COVID-19 concerns have subsided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City. Information about the celebration and where to donate can be found at the link above.
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Ann Rackers

Posted at 12:00pm
Mary Jane, Mary Beth and family,

Mike will definitely be missed! I cannot think of one instance where he lost his cool! Although we did not hang out at school together, he was always kind and helpful if needed (as were his parents, Uncle Emil and Aunt Blanche)!

We had a great time at your wedding and all the other family gatherings! I hope you are still enjoying Grandma O's dining room buffet. I know Aunt Blanche was happy when Mike was able to get it to Cameron!

There is no way to adequately let you know how much I am thinking about you all and hope you are all getting the support and comfort from each other you need now. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate his life together in the near future.

Love, Ann (Jack and Jeanette Branch's daughter) and Mark Rackers
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Sara Davidson

Posted at 12:12am
Mike, I just saw you a few months ago at your brother's visitation. It was so good to see you & visit a while. High school was fun. Been looking back at pictures & you hadn't changed. Deepest sympathy to your family. We will all miss you. Your 1973 Helias Classmate. Sara Hackman Davidson.
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Sharon Delo

Posted at 11:25am
Remembering you and "Michael Kemna" in our minds and in our hearts.
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Dale and Bev Riley

Posted at 10:17am
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Mark Schrimpf

Posted at 10:31pm
Mike
We all are going to miss you. Thanks for being a good friend in high school. I enjoyed all of my time with you. Although we never got together after high school, I still have some good memories of our time together in high school. You were always fun to party with and funny as all get out. Most likely you could have given Paris a run for his money. Especially if you both were drinking. I still miss that ugly pee green car you had. We had a lot of fun in it but it was no way a chick magnet car. I hope your family is doing well and I know they will miss you very much. Great to have known you and I wish I could remember your name when we played INDIAN. You definitely drank me under the table. Thanks again I hope to see you on the other side someday. Your friend from weirdsville Mark Schrimpf
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