Soldier to be Buried in Omaha Area
World-Herald Staff WriterPAPILLION, Neb. — The city of Papillion will rename a street for the late Army Spec. Joseph Cemper, a native son who died last April in Afghanistan. The 21-year-old Cemper (SEHM'-pur) and four other soldiers were killed on April 16 when a man posing as an Afghan soldier detonated several grenades, killing himself as well.
Cemper grew up in Papillion, moving from Nebraska to Warrensburg, Mo., before he began high school.
Omaha television station KETV (http://bit.ly/oupjPd ) reports that a sign will soon bear his name at the corner of Rousseu Court and Parc Drive in the city south of Omaha.
A ceremony to unveil the sign will take place Friday morning at the intersection. The public is welcome to attend.
Information from: KETV-TV, http://www.ketv.com
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Apr 19, 2011, 8:55 AM
Spc. Cemper was one of five men who died April 16 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an Afghan National Army soldier attacked them with multiple grenades.
The Defense Department said he was assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Ky.
He had been in the Army about two years and was assigned to a combat team.
Cemper grew up in Nebraska, attending school in Papillion, before moving to Missouri.
He was a wrestler at Warrensburg High School.
Family members told an Omaha TV station Cemper was recently in the U.S., following the birth of his child, Liam, March 15. His girlfriend, Abby Lynne Wernimont, is from Warrensburg.
He had only been in Afghanistan for a few weeks.
Family members have flown to Dover, Del., to be there when his body is returned. They say Cemper wished to be laid to rest in the Omaha area
A Fallen Soldier Remembered: Hundreds expected at Friday's funeralPosted: Apr 26, 2011 2:41 AMUpdated: Apr 29, 2011 2:33 AM
PAPILLION, NEB. (KPTM) - Mayor David Black encourages all Papillion residents to lower their flags half-mast on Friday in honor of a fallen soldier.
The body of 21-year old Army Specialist Joseph Cemper returned home Monday. His funeral is scheduled for Friday, April 29 at 11:00 AM. It will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, located at 7706 South 96th Street in La Vista. Burial will immediately follow at Cedar Dale Cemetery in Papillion.
Cemper was assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He was killed after an Afghan soldier attacked him with grenades, an attack that also killed ten others.
Cemper's body and his family were escorted from Eppley Airfield to Kahler Dolce Funeral Home in Papillion.
Hundreds of community members lined up along 84th Street to welcome the fallen soldier back home.
"I guess I don't know how to describe it," said Veteran Richard Gettner.
"We all signed the check. Some of us paid the ultimate price, and some of us made it home," said Gettner.
"I think it's important to be here to honor him and show respect for his family, and to show my children that we just need to support him," said Jenny Hoelscher, Papillion.
A memorial fund has been established for the Cemper family. You can donate by going to any Wells Fargo Bank and directing your donation to account number: 1330080639