SPC Joseph B. Cemper
  • 21 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 15, 1989
  • Date of passing: Apr 16, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Afghanistan
Let the memory of Joseph be with us forever. Remember to speak his name.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, SPC Joseph B. Cemper, 21, born on November 15, 1989 and passed away on April 16, 2011. We will remember him forever.

Spc. Joseph Brian Cemper of Ft. Campbell, KY. was killed in action April 16th at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. He was 21. Born in Omaha, NE, November 15, 1989 to Eugene B. and Angela D. Cemper. Joseph joined the Army in 2009 and served with distinction in the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Joseph embodied a unique combination of character traits: leadership, charisma, humility, honor, heroism and an insatiable need to serve his country. He conducted his life and executed his duty staying true to those ideals.

Spc. Joseph Brian Cemper of Ft. Campbell, KY. was killed in action April 16th at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. He was 21.

Born in Omaha, NE, November 15, 1989 to Eugene B. and Angela D. Cemper. Joseph joined the Army in 2009 and served with distinction in the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
Joseph embodied a unique combination of character traits: leadership, charisma, humility, honor, heroism and an insatiable need to serve his country. He conducted his life and executed his duty staying true to those ideals. Those fortunate to have met Joseph may never again know a man with a bigger heart, or a more caring soul. Having paid the ultimate price in the service of his country, we take solace in the fact that he is with the Heavenly Father. Joseph's sense of duty to God and Country are evidenced by his numerous accomplishments.

His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal and Combat Action Badge, Good Conduct Medal.
Joseph is survived by his parents Eugene B. and Angela D. Cemper; 
Fiancé, Abbie Lynne Wernimont, and his son Liam; 
his brothers, Joshua and Noah Cemper; sisters Rachel, Lydia and Leah Cemper; 
Grandmother Cheryl Kurtz of Papillion, NE; 
Grandparents Dave and Karen Galaska of Omaha, NE; 
Grandparents Eugene and Sunny Cemper of Omaha, NE; 
Uncle Chad Kurtz and his wife Ann; cousins Naomi and Nathanael of Denver, CO; 
Uncle Cory Kurtz and his wife Susan; cousins Jonah and Avigail of Omaha, NE; 
Uncle Brian Kreager and his wife Jennifer; cousins, Jocelyn, Lauren, Delaney, and Gavin of Duluth, MN; 
Uncle Hogan Cemper, Omaha. NE;
Uncle Michael Cemper and his wife Ramona; cousin Tanner of Cardiff by the Sea, CA. 
Extended family includes the United States Army – 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 15th November 2016

"Dearest Joseph, Thinking of you on your 27th birthday !  I think of you often and recall your generous spirit and engaging smile. You are missed in so many ways, but Joseph you are never forgotten. Your familiar words to me "so mom, how are you" spoken with genuine
concern always bring a smile followed by a tear. I miss you and love you deeply."

This tribute was added by Cassandra Ulrich on 14th November 2016

"Joe, in middle school your smile always lit up a room, your laughter was contagious and when someone had a frown upside down you knew how to cheer that person up. Forever more you will be missed Joe. Rest In Peace Forever more Joseph Brian Cemper."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 7th May 2016

"Joseph, Thinking of you and your Ma this Mothers Day and how you loved each other. So thankful a part of you lives on through your precious son, Liam. Abbie is a good mother to Liam and she loves him very much. You chose well. Love & miss you."

This tribute was added by Deb Wernimont on 16th November 2015

"My heart still hurts to acknowledge that you're not here with us in body; however, I see your spirit in a special little man each time I am with him. I only hope you know you are missed and loved, Joe. You and Abbie have a lasting legacy in Liam...and, I thank you for that.  Much love, Joseph...you are sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Lauren Fischer on 16th November 2015

"Joe, you are continuously thought about my friend. So many happy, funny memories from high school about you, my friend. Seeing that little man of yours grow up is truly amazing to see, he is you in a little person. I thank you every day for the sacrifices you made for us. You are my hero! I miss you."

This tribute was added by Lacey Mills Fischer on 16th November 2015

"My fondest memory of Joe was him and Kyle with their too short T-shirts running around the softball fields cheering on the WHS softball team--their own personal cheerleaders.  Both Joe and Kyle taken way too soon.  I'm sure they are coming up with some great ideas in heaven."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 16th April 2015

"FROM THE FATHER'S HEART
My child, you've walked away from the funerals of your loved ones with fresh memories still clinging to you like grave clothes. Tears have filled your eyes as you've said good-bye to the last dreams of your heart. Remember, for those who love Me and are My children, death is but a step into eternity with Me. It is never the end but the start of forever - what you were created for! Take heart. I am the resurrection and the life. Where I am, you will be also. Find peace in Me.

A GRATEFUL RESPONSE
Lord, death could not hold You. And because of You, the resurrection, we, too, can live. Thank You that the grave is only a journey into the presence of God. You have removed the sting of death and empowered this thing called life. Now Joseph you will live in His presence forever.
I love and miss you.

SIMPLE TRUTH

On the other side of death is the real side of life."

This tribute was added by Deb Wernimont on 16th April 2015

"You are in my heart and thoughts today, and each time I look at that sweet little face of Liam's.  You are never forgotten, and always missed."

This tribute was added by Pat Mracek on 15th April 2015

"Always remembered.  Thank you for your sacrifice for all of us."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 15th November 2014

"We celebrate your life today and thank God for sending you into our lives. When He created you and knit you together in your mothers womb He blessed so many people and changed so many lives. Your mission was powerfully completed.  You have left an indelible mark and you are incredibly missed. Again I am thankful so very thankful for the gift of your life. I love you deeply, dearest Joseph."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 15th November 2014

"We celebrate your life today and thank God for sending you into our lives. When He created you and knit you together in your mothers womb He blessed so many people and changed so many lives. Your mission was powerfully completed.  You have left an indelible mark and you are incredibly missed. Again I am thankful so very thankful for the gift of your life. I love you deeply, dearest Joseph."

This tribute was added by Delaney Reimann on 16th April 2014

"Forever a Hero, you are one of God's Soldiers."

This tribute was added by Pat Mracek on 16th April 2014

"Forever missed, always our Hero"

This tribute was added by Deb Wernimont on 16th April 2014

"You are heavy in my thoughts and my heart today, Joseph.  You are missed daily, and never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Lisa Weyers on 15th November 2013

"Happy Birthday Joseph,  always in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Pat Mracek on 19th April 2013

"I am sorry I missed Joe's angel day but your family was in my prayers.
He is our Hero and we will never forget him.   God Bless"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 16th April 2013

"Joseph you are loved missed and thought of often. Mom"

This tribute was added by brandon nash on 10th February 2013

"cant believe how long it has been..............we love you joe."

This tribute was added by Deb Wernimont on 15th November 2012

"Not a day passes that memories of you don't cross my mind.  You are loved and missed by all who's lives you touched.  Happy birthday, sweet Joseph...we miss you."

This tribute was added by Delaney Reimann on 15th November 2012

"You are always in my prayers, Happy Birthday to a great Soldier Angel"

This tribute was added by Lisa Weyers on 17th April 2012

""Joe,  thinking of you and your family.  All of you are in my prayers everyday.""

This tribute was added by Russell Willbanks on 16th April 2012

"Specialist Cemper, it is a honor to have served with you. I just wish I would have had the time to have gotten to know you better. The only thing I can do is thank you and your family for your sacrifice. You and your family gave everything to keep me safe when I was in Afghanistan and words cannot do justice for my many thanks. You will be missed always brother but never forgotten! RIP"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Kurtz on 16th April 2012

"Love to you Joseph, missing you today and everyday."

This tribute was added by Kurt McCord on 5th January 2012

"Thank you so very much, Joseph. The gratitude I feel for what you did for this country is overwhelming and eternal."

This tribute was added by Shawn Olnes on 3rd December 2011

"iwish i got to know u but the time has gone by to fast u are always in my prayers"

This tribute was added by Delaney Reimann on 28th November 2011

"SPC Cemper, you are a true hero. You are missed every day. You will be in the prayers of me and my family."

This tribute was added by Tiffany Nash on 25th November 2011

"Cemper you are truely missed!! I look at Liam and i see you. Brandon misses you alot and still cant belive that he lost his best army buddy. Before me and Abbie came yall were always together lol Just know that you will always hold a place in our hearts even Miss Kayleigh's. We love you and Miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Debra Clark on 23rd November 2011

"Joe, You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget you or the sacrifice that you made. Miss you now and always. Gene and Debbie"

This tribute was added by Angela Cemper on 23rd November 2011

"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be
Ma Loves You!"


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