Monday, July 6th, 2020
Kenneth A. (Kenny) Kremer, age 85 of Maria Stein passed away of natural causes on July 4, 2020 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater.
Ken was born on April 28, 1935 in Maria Stein to Alphonse and Pauline (Budde) Kremer. On September 12, 1959 he married Lou Ann (Brunswick) Kremer who survives in Maria Stein.
He is also survived by three children, Steven (Michelle Jacobson) Kremer, Douglas (Jennifer) Kremer, and Jill Kremer (Randy Partin). He is also survived by six grandchildren Alex (Lin) Kremer, Austin Kremer, Schuyler Kremer, Channing Kremer, Meryl (John) Duguay, and Jacob Kremer. He also is survived by two great-granddaughters Eva Kremer and Sally Ann Duguay. Surviving also are siblings Marilyn (Dale) Bruns, Irene (Virgil) Dues, Ernest (Marlene) Kremer, Carl (Betty) Kremer, Janice (Ken) Lamm, Doris (Dave) Westgerdes and by in-laws Betty (Bob) Singer, Wilma Walsh, Dennis Brunswick, Carol Brunswick, Janice (Don) Gagel. He is survived by 63 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Frank and Iola Brunswick, In-Laws Orville Jutte, Paul Walsh, Lois Brunswick and Gerald Brunswick.
Ken graduated from St. John High School, Maria Stein, in 1953. He was an employee/partner for Leugers Insurance for more than 60 years. An active member of the community and a lifetime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Maria Stein; he served as a lector, a member of the finance board, a CCD teacher, and was the first lay person to serve as President of the St. Marys deanery. As a member of the Knights of St. John Uniform Rank, he achieved the status of General of the Noble Degree, served as Finance Officer, and on the scholarship committee.
Ken was instrumental in starting the Boy Scouts in Maria Stein, served as Cub Master for many years, and assisted many Scouts in achieving their Eagle Scout Honor. For seventeen years he represented Marion Township on the Board of the Mercer County Civic Foundation. As a polio survivor, he served as a president of the Mercer County Polio Foundation until failing health forced him to retire. He passed away on the 75th anniversary of the onset of his polio.
While health permitted he loved to travel to visit the children and grandchildren in Arizona and Connecticut and enjoyed traveling with his siblings. Ken had a special love for farming and was a collector of John Deere memorabilia. Ken loved interacting with people, collecting and sharing regional oral history. He loved to play cards and preferred to win. As a devoted Marion Local Flyer Fan, nothing made him happier than when the Flyers won in any sport.
In the last two years, Ken was a resident of Briarwood Village where he made a positive impact on the quality of life of his fellow residents and staff. He had an attitude of gratitude and appreciated everything anyone did for him. His family would like to thank his caregivers who went above and beyond to make sure his needs were met and that he enjoyed a good quality of life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John Church. Friends may call on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 2 to 7 at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in St. Henry and from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maria Stein Shrine (2991 St. Johns Road, Maria Stein, OH 45860), or Mercer County Polio Foundation c/o Mercer County Civic Foundation, 119 W. Fulton St. Celina, OH 45822.