November 1, 1950 - February 23, 2018

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.