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Condolences to the Kammes Family

Thursday, June 23, 2016   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Megan Jamen
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The St. Francis High School Community would like to extend our condolences to the Kammes family on the passing of Lawrence C. "Larry" Kammes.

WHEATON - Lawrence C. "Larry" Kammes, 68, of Winfield, formerly of Wheaton for many years, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Central DuPage Hospital Northwestern Medical, from complications due to prostate cancer. He was born August 22, 1947 at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL.

Dear father of John (mother Lynn Torre); brother and best friend to Andy ‘68 (Liz), Dan ‘72 (Debra), Steve ‘77 (Holly) and "fifth brother" Al Gerber ‘67; uncle Lar to his nephews and nieces, Elysse Voyer (Ryan Hamilton), Camille Voyer, Amanda (Kate), Matthew, Michael and Nicholas. Survived by Aunt Evie (the late Elmer) Kammes and Uncle Ron (the late Rita) Dold; and many cousins in the Kammes, Nagel and Brummel families. Preceded in death by his father Lawrence P., his mother Angela and his sister Pat ‘64 (the late brother-in-law Tom Voyer).

Larry graduated from St. Francis High School in Wheaton (1965) and from the University of Notre Dame (1969). He attended the University of Chicago on a full scholarship where he earned his Masters in Finance. He had the designation of Realtor Emeritus from the National Association of Realtors (40 plus years as a Realtor), he was the Past President of the Investment Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) of the DuPage Board of Realtors, now known as Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, and he was a past board member and past Chairman of the Board of the DuPage Credit Union. He was at the time of his death the Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Pediatric Services S C in Elgin, IL. Larry cherished his summers at Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton, WI and the Fall seasons at the University of Notre Dame to see the Fighting Irish march onward to victory. His family and many friends were subjected to his many "Larry-isms," words of wisdom mixed in with his sense of humor. He was culturally influenced by the sophistication of well known philosophers Bugs Bunny and Friends, the Three Stooges and Rocky and Bullwinkle. He was always such a kind person to everyone and always had time for those he met. These traits endeared "Uncle Lar" to all, young and older.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to those who helped Larry and his family during his journey these past 8 years fighting this cancer. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Central DuPage Hospital, to CNS Hospice for their warmth and compassion, to Dr. Eshaghian and staff at Compassionate Oncology Medical Group in Los Angeles, CA, to Dr. Jason Suh and staff at Presence Cancer Centre in Joliet, and Dr. Mohammed and staff at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center at Warrenville. Also, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. O and to Dr. Reddy and all the fine men and women that Larry worked with at Kid Care Medical. Their compassion, concern, understanding and generosity meant so much to Larry.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3 - 8 pm at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Please meet at church. Interment will be at St.Michael Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses would be appreciated or donations can be made in his name to the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 46556, or to the American Cancer Society . Funeral info, 630-668-0016 or


MaryEllen Coombs (Coombs) says...
Posted Sunday, July 03, 2016
I remember Ron from high school, so I still picture that young, handsome face. My sympathies to all who love him. MaryEllen Coombs Class of '65

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