ENGLEWOOD — Thousands of people came to the Englewood Government Center on Friday to pay their respects to former mayor Ed Kemper, a man who meant so much to the people he met and who did so much for the city he called home.
Kemper passed away Monday after battling lung cancer for several years, a period during which he never slowed down while maintaining his ever present positive outlook on life and an energy level that enabled him to accomplish so much in his lifetime. He set an example for all others to follow with a passion for public service and involvement in many causes to benefit others.
He and his wife Alma raised three outstanding young men: Joe, John and Kevin Kemper, a trio any parents would be proud to call their own.
The City of Englewood Fire Department set up its two ladder equipped fire engines in the parking lot of the government center to suspend a giant American flag above the entrance as a tribute to Kemper. The parking lot filled to capacity rapidly with overflow parking being moved into the soccer fields behind the government center.
City Manager Eric Smith acknowledged that the city would never be the same without Kemper.
“It’s the end of era,” stated Police Chief Mark Brownfield.
Indeed, the City of Englewood now has a void that can never be filled – at least by us common men. Ed Kemper was anything but common. He was a true leader and a man who genuinely cared for others and the community he loved so much and called home for more than 40 years.
We are all less fortunate with his passing. God speed Ed Kemper. You truly led a great life and served your community with dignity and grace. You will be greatly missed.
Thousands of people came to the Englewood Government Center on Friday to pay their final respects to former Mayor Ed Kemper. The Englewood Fire Department set up its two ladder equipped fire engines in the parking lot of the government center on National Road to suspend a giant American flag above the entrance as a tribute to Kemper and to greet those attending the public viewing of a man who did so much and meant so much to the community.
Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind