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Pastor Norman D. Kemmerer – Jan. 30, 2016

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Pastor Norman D. Kemmerer of Hampstead died Jan. 30, 2016. His funeral was Feb. 2 at the Eline Funeral Home in Hampstead.

Norman D. Kemmerer was born Oct. 7, 1937, in Frankfort, Ind., one of nine children, the son of the late John E. and Ruth Lucille Mitchell Kemmerer. He was the husband of Barbara A. Baxter Kemmerer, his wife of 54 years.

He served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. Following his service, he worked for 16 years at Mack Trucks in Hagerstown,

He was called into the ministry during a lay witness mission at his church in Thurmont, which led him to becoming a United Methodist minister. During his 23 years as a pastor, he served the Martinsburg, W. Va., enlarged charge from 1981 to 1985, which included Blairton, Greensburg, Salem and Berkley Place United Methodist Churches. He spent the next 17 years of his ministry at Mt. Zion UMC in Myersville, from which he retired in 2000.

He was a member of Francis Scott Key Post 11 of the American Legion and a former member of the Myersville Lions Club. He enjoyed sailing and being on the water. He built his first boat in the parsonage garage in Blairton and sailed ever since.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Kemmerer of Hamstead,  a daughter, Pam Kemmerer of Hampstead; and several brothers and sisters.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara Kemmerer, 4466 Woodsman Drive, Unit 632, Hampstead, MD 21074.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1393 Progress Way, Suite 908, Eldersburg, MD 21784, or the Wounded Warrior Regiment, 3025 John Quick Road, Quantico, VA 22134.