It is with great sadness that the family of Lonnie Kemmit, age 71, of Turtle Lake, N.D., announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at a Bismarck hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, with Pastor Betty Stedman officiating. Burial will follow in the Turtle Lake Cemetery, with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 133.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake.
Lonnie was born Aug. 13, 1941, in rural McClusky, N.D. He was the only child born to Bert and Olga (Herr) Kemmit. Lonnie grew up in Lincoln Valley Township, Sheridan County, N.D., and graduated from McClusky High School in 1959.
Lonnie was inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1961 and was honorably discharged in November 1963.
He married Mary Ann Arne in 1963 and they made their home in Turtle Lake. They owned and operated Lonnie's Lounge in Turtle Lake for 15 years. Lonnie sponsored several local softball and bowling teams and was a major sports enthusiast. He was a big supporter of Turtle Lake athletics. Lonnie worked as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years and retired as Postmaster of the Columbus, N.D., Post Office.
Lonnie is lovingly remembered by: his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann, of Turtle Lake; three children, daughter, Tammi (Troy) Sundby, of Fargo, son, Tony (Laurie) Kemmit, and daughter, Jaime Kemmit, both of West Des Moines, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Amanda and Ashley Sundby.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
People may provide condolences and sign the guestbook at (www.goetzfuneralhomes.com).
(Goetz Funeral Home Turtle Lake)