Richard Kemper, 88, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

Richard Kemper, 88, of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, formerly of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2019.

Beloved husband for 65 years to Marjorie; loving father of Rebecca (Blase) Scarnati of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Barbara (Jim) Hois of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania; and proud grandfather of Elizabeth Scarnati, and Jeremy, Jason and Kelly Hois.

Born in Evansville, he graduated from University of Evansville, served in the Army as bassoonist with the U.S. Army Band and 7th Army Symphony and taught instrumental music in Dubois County. He was the oboe and bassoon professor at Mansfield State College (University) for 24 years while performing with the Corning, Elmira, and Williamsport Orchestras. He is beloved as a mentor to many students. As a homeowner at Chautauqua Institution, it was his summer home, gather place for family and friends gathering place, and a chamber music venue for three decades.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richard Kemper/Kurt Hider Double Reed Scholarship at Mansfield Foundation, 71 S. Main, Mansfield, PA 16933,

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at

More on