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Kevin H. Hemmesch – Obituary

Name: Kevin H. Hemmesch

Age: 67

Born: 11-01-1950

Died: 02-23-2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Kevin H. Hemmesch, age 67, of Sauk Rapids.  Reverend Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. Kevin passed away peacefully on February 23, 2018 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis due to complications related to a lung transplant.  Interment will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors at a later date.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27 and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Parish prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Church.

Kevin was born November 1, 1950 in Paynesville, MN to Paul and Irene (Schmitz) Hemmesch.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1968.  After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974.  He married Mary O’Neil on July 28, 1973 in Foreston.  He was a math teacher at Royalton High School and later at Sauk Rapids High School, retiring in 2008 after 33 years of teaching.  He will also be remembered as the Voice of the Royals and the Voice of the Storm.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, attending music concerts and spending time with his grandchildren.

Kevin is survived by his wife Mary, son Eric (Marie) of Woodbury, daughter Stacy (Jordan) Mancini of Sartell, and grandchildren Isaac, Madison, Jack and Ben.  He is also survived by his siblings Ken (Jane) of St. Cloud, Donna Ahrens of Paynesville, LaVon Gustafson (Ray) of New London, Bev (Patrick) of Minnetonka, Keith (Sandy) of Paynesville, Craig (Jody) of Elk River, Paula Jo Davis (Brad) of Elk River, Kurt (Bonnie) of Cold Spring and Kellan (Shelly) of Sartell, sister-in-law Pat of Bloomington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Kevin in death were his parents, brother Con, infant brother Kernan, brothers-in-law Chuck Gustafson and Lew Ahrens.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers, and a donation will be made to organ transplant research and to provide financial assistance to transplant families.

Guestbook for Kevin H. Hemmesch

Cheryl Forsberg
, former Co worker with Mary and hockey fans for the Huskies
March 5, 2018, 6:38 pm
Mary I was so shocked to hear about Kevin we hadn't talked in awhile and I hadnt seen you at Howie so I had no idea. Pls accept my sincere sadness at Kevin passing. My prayers are with you and your family God bless you and may the Lord help you thru this sad time
Carol Midas
, Friend/Neighbor
March 2, 2018, 8:18 pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. What a road you must have been on the last several months. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Bonnie McDougall Hurner
, Taught at Royalton with Kevin
February 28, 2018, 5:03 pm
Mary, Eric, Stacy and family, I am saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. There are many fond memories while I taught in Royalton with him. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Sheila (Gadway) Grambart
February 28, 2018, 2:54 pm
Mr. Hemmesch was also so kind. My sincere condolences to your entire family.
Dick,Mary Struzyk
, Freind and co worker
February 27, 2018, 11:37 pm
So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing.May the peace of God be with you and your family
Angela Lewandowski
, former coworker of Mary
February 27, 2018, 10:19 pm
Mary- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Joe Laco
, Colleague of Eric
February 27, 2018, 5:36 pm
Eric, very sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with your family.
Julie K Maciej
, former student at Royalton
February 26, 2018, 6:43 pm
Very quirky and funny person, and very intelligent... sorry to hear.. my thoughts are with you, Mary, Eric, Stacy, and family.
Dale Carter
, co-worker to son in law
February 26, 2018, 2:57 pm
Prayers and blessings to all of the family; it sounds like Kevin was an awesome man; may we all live up to his qualities!
Ken Harvey
February 26, 2018, 11:54 am
My sincere condolences to family and friends. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) Rev 21:4  “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” With deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.
Tom justin
, Student
February 26, 2018, 1:01 am
Kevin was a mentor to me while in school I looked up to him for his character He was wise beyond his years Always a straight shooter with his thoughts and as honest about teaching life lessons as well as math Prayers are with you Mary and familt
Denise (Fussy) Strohbehn
, RHS student
February 25, 2018, 8:16 pm
I am praying for comfort and peace to all of Mr. Hemmesch's family and friends. He was a wonderful and kind teacher who could always make you smile. Although I haven't seen him for several years, I can still hear his voice in my mind. He touched many lives and I appreciate his years of teaching all of us in Royalton. God bless you Mr. Hemmesch.
Larry Rose
, Friend
February 25, 2018, 4:35 pm
This floors me. A loss who was always upbeat and ready to talk at the drop of a hat. Prayers to the family
karsten braaten
, friend
February 25, 2018, 3:58 pm
So sorry for your loss. Kevin was everyman:Kevin was everyone's friend and everyone was Kevin's friend.May he rest in peace.
Connie Gangl
, Frirnd
February 25, 2018, 2:12 pm
We are sorry for your loss,words are just words your sorrow is overwhelming , my sister Barb had KEVIN AS HER TEACHER IN Royalton , Our prayers are with you , may he rest in peace
Jessica Legg
, Former student
February 25, 2018, 1:12 pm
So sorry for the loss of an amazing man!! He was one of my favorite math teachers at Sauk Rapids and even after being out of school for years he still remember me like I was still in his class! He will be greatly missed!! Thoughts and prayers are with your family. ❤
Jim and Jill Schiller
, Neighbor
February 25, 2018, 2:55 am
Prayers are with you Mary and family. May God give you the strength you need and comfort you can turn to as you process through this loss. Heaven has gained a great angel and he is free from pain. He was an awesome neighbor and will be missed by all. May God grant you peace.
Trent Ziegler
, Friend, Coworker
February 25, 2018, 2:51 am
So many great conversations over the years. Kevin was so loved by his students and coworkers. "The voice..." will live on in so many minds. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol Kenning
February 25, 2018, 2:48 am
My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Mary. Not sure you remember me, but you taught me the funeral greeter duties at Daniel Funeral Home. May God grant you strength and comfort during your most difficult days. You are in my prayers
Gina Rudolph
, Friend
February 25, 2018, 2:33 am
I will always remember Kevin as someone fun to work with, a kind and generous man who always made everyone feel welcome. I will never forget you as the voice of the Storm and the ultimate host at every Sauk Rapids parade. You will be greatly missed by so many!
Marlene Timm
, Neighbor, Coworker
February 25, 2018, 2:32 am
My love and prayers go out to you, Mary for your loss. Kevin was an amazing friend and coworker. He was a great friend to many, students and staff alike. Kevin is now “home” and is now pain free! RIP dear Kevin!
Nicole starr
, Former student
February 25, 2018, 2:27 am
Kevin was the only teacher that made me understand math. He taught my dad and my two older brothers. He was the nicest person. He will truly be missed by all of his former students. Thoughts and prayers to the family
, Former student
February 25, 2018, 2:16 am
There are few teachers who you remember after you leave school, and Mr. Hemmesch was truly one of the best. I was struggling with math in my junior year, and even though I had math in his class for my freshman year, he still took the time to help me. Thank you, Mr. Hemmesch, for being so kind and understanding! You will me truly missed by all you've taught.
Marlene Timm
, Neighbor, Coworker
February 25, 2018, 2:13 am
My love and prayers go out to you, Mary for your loss. Kevin was an amazing friend and coworker. He was a great friend to many, students and staff alike. Kevin is now “home” and is now pain free! RIP dear Kevin!
Jade Nelson
, Former student
February 25, 2018, 2:03 am
Dale Theisen
, Friend
February 25, 2018, 1:05 am
My sympathies to Mary for your loss i am lost for words may God comfort you and your family in the days to come Kevin was loved by many and will always be in my ❤
Beth Haus
, Coworker/ parent of students
February 25, 2018, 12:59 am
Kevin was such a passionate and kind man. Every kid in his room including my own, felt a sense of confidence they may have never had before. My son sought him out every time he needed help with his tie on game day. He will always be, “the voice of the storm” Bless all of you that he loved, we will miss him.
Carol Ellingson McMillin
, Mary’s high school classmate
February 25, 2018, 12:26 am
My sincere condolences to Mary and all of Kevin’s family, as well as prayers for comfort and peace.
Mary Miklavcich
, Friend
February 25, 2018, 12:26 am
Thinking of all of you in your time of need. Know that you are in many thoughts and prayers.
Jen Zakis
, Past student at RHS
February 25, 2018, 12:14 am
I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hemmesch was one of my favorite teachers ever. The jokes he told I still tell my kids. He always made time for anyone who needed him. The world has lost a great man.
Bev Arndt
, Friends
February 25, 2018, 12:07 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary, Eric and Stacy. Kevin was a model of strength for all of us. God Bless you and grant him Peace
Rozanne Sobania
February 24, 2018, 11:56 pm
May the good LORD give you all strength and comfort now and forever. GOD BLESS. GOD BLESS KEVIN.
Sarah Fussy
, Past student at RHS
February 24, 2018, 11:43 pm
You touched so many lives as a teacher, mine included. Thank you for your service, both in the Army & as a teacher. You left a legacy. Love and prayers to your family. RIP Mr. Hemmesch!
Heather Sandahl
, Past student of Sauk Rapids
February 24, 2018, 11:40 pm
He was one of the best at SR! Math was my least favorite subject but he made it my favorite class. You could tell he cared about the students and that made all the difference. ❤
Amy Poppenhagen
, Past Student at Royalton
February 24, 2018, 11:32 pm
Sending prayers to the family. Mr. Hemmesch was one of my most favorite teachers at Royalton. He will be missed.
Kimberly Lenarz
, Past student of Royalton
February 24, 2018, 11:13 pm
I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you all. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. Mr. Hemmesch was my favorite teacher in Royalton. I was happy my son also had him as a teacher in Sauk Rapids...an amazing man!

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