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Obituary for Kennedy Lemke

Our world lost a brilliant mind and a kind heart on September 8th when Kennedy Lemke joined his father in Heaven. Kennedy, son of Justin and Beatrice Lemke, originally lived in Northfield as a St. Olaf student graduating in 1984. Seven years ago as his parents needed increasing help to stay independent in their home, he returned Northfield. Kennedy made many sacrifices as their needs increased, his focus on making their lives better. Kennedy grew up in Rochester, where from an early age he developed a lifelong love of music and learning. This love found him very active in musical […]

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Our world lost a brilliant mind and a kind heart on September 8th when Kennedy Lemke joined his father in Heaven.
Kennedy, son of Justin and Beatrice Lemke, originally lived in Northfield as a St. Olaf student graduating in 1984. Seven years ago as his parents needed increasing help to stay independent in their home, he returned Northfield. Kennedy made many sacrifices as their needs increased, his focus on making their lives better.
Kennedy grew up in Rochester, where from an early age he developed a lifelong love of music and learning. This love found him very active in musical groups at Mayo High School. As a gifted mathematician with a perfect SAT score, Kennedy received full scholarship offers at many schools including Harvard and Yale. Kennedy chose St. Olaf where he soon found his interests in Math and Computers were matched by interests in Philosophy and Theology. This grew primarily out of his passionate Christian faith. His time at St. Olaf and his involvement in the Christos fellowship was a treasured part of his life. After graduating he was hired at St. Olaf as a Systems Operator.
While at St. Olaf Kennedy worked in the Hong Kierkegaard Library assisting in the publication of several new translations of Kierkagaaard’s works by Princeton Press. This attracted Princeton University’s attention and he was hired to work in their computer department, helping professors and students. From there Kennedy worked for the Panasonic Technologies in their research division.
In 2002 Kennedy decided it was time to make a change and leave New Jersey. He researched every state in the union and decided the place for him was Wyoming. There he found a new passion in recumbent bikes and enjoyed many long country bike rides with his thoughts and his camera, often capturing beautiful photographs of the Wyoming countryside and wildlife.
Kennedy was preceded in death by his father, Justin Lemke.
Kennedy is greatly missed by his mother, Beatrice Lemke of Northfield, sister Kathryn (Craig)Young of WA, niece Tara Young of WA, nephew Tyler Young of AZ, nephew Jared Young of WA, and 4 grand-niece/nephews. He is also much missed by long-time friends Dale, Lorrie, and Emmalee Wilson of WI.
To honor Kennedy’s life, memorial gifts can be made to your local animal shelter.

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