Obituary of Garry Lynn Kemmer
Garry Kemmer was born and raised in Northridge, California to Bryan and Eleanor Kemmer on February 28, 1953. He was happily married to Mary Ann Kemmer for 48 years and was a loving father to four children (Travis, Mary Lynne, Brandon, and Molly) and nine grandchildren (Haven, Mylie, Mya, Micah, Jonah, Ava, Ryder, Olive, and Lilly). He was also extremely close to his brother, Tom as they shared similar interests in construction, family values, and politics.
From a young age, Garry learned the value of hard work and overcoming adversity. In junior high he developed a rare condition in his hip joint called Perthes Disease. For a year, he wore leg braces with a metal bar connecting his legs together to limit the motion in his hip. Always looking on the bright side, Garry attributed his Popeye-like forearms to spending over a year in a wheelchair and crutches. In fact, as soon as he was off the crutches he competed in a school-wide junior high race - and won first place!
Garry's friends and family knew him to be full of life and joy. Those who got a chance to work with him would hear him happily whistling away while he framed a room or tiled a backsplash. He always had a smile on his face and knew how to make people laugh (quite often, he could barely finish his own jokes because he was laughing so hard!). He was known for his witty nicknames for his kids ("Brandybumpskins," "Mary Linnie," "Travey Two Shoes," and "Molly My Baby.") as well as his "Garryisms" ("we're off like a herd of turtles..."). Garry was a strong believer in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He modeled Christianity to his family and friends by exhibiting the fruits of the spirit in love, joy, peace, and patience (to name a few).
He would often give of his own time to help others in their construction projects and was always willing to give advice when someone needed help. Garry was a father figure even to those outside his family. Anyone who visited him always felt welcomed, and if you were lucky, you were able to experience his world famous breakfasts. Garry was known for hosting parties, holiday dinners, and even talent shows at his house. He knew how to go the extra mile to ensure everyone had the ultimate experience.
Garry's accomplishments were numerous. He built three houses (four, if you count the Independence house that looks nothing like it did when he first purchased it), worked on the Stealth Fighter Jet at Lockheed, owned/operated a Laundromat, and of course, was a Subway franchise owner (AKA sandwich artist). He volunteered his time on the board of directors for Pine Mountain Club, organized an event called Christmas in the Village for many years, and oversaw the design and construction of the new pool and clubhouse. All of his efforts were extremely well received by the Pine Mountain Club community.
It is an understatement to say Garry will be extremely missed by his family and friends, but he is now celebrating in heaven with Jesus and awaiting the reunion he will have with his family some day. He left a deep mark on many people while on this earth and his legacy will never be forgotten.
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