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Robert Kammerer, 71, of Ottawa passed away July 1, 2013, in the University of Chicago Hospital.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Church, Utica. Monsignor James Swaner will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Utica with military honors. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday in Ottawa Funeral Home with prayers at 4 p.m.
Robert was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Ottawa to Frederick “Frayne” and Edna (Knudsen) Kammerer. He married Carol Fogle on Sept. 23, 1960, in Ottawa.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic who was stationed at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan. He and his brother owned and operated Kammerer Auto Parts Inc. He also was a machinist for many years. He was a member of St. Mary Church in Utica and the American Legion.
Bob was an avid midget and sprint car racecar driver. His biggest accomplishment is his UARA Midget Championship at Joliet Memorial Stadium in 1979. After a long absence from the racing scene, he returned with his grandson, Blake Nimee, for a span of 13 seasons.
Survivors are his loving wife, Carol; his mother; Edna; three daughters, Debi (Loren) Sommerhalder of Danville, Calif., Krissy (Kerry) Barnett of Geneva and Kim (Dan) Tsantis of Oswego; six grandchildren, Jordyn and Jake Sommerhalder, Blake and Chase Nimee, and Taylor and Brock Barnett; two sisters, Barbara Godwin of Marseilles and Sheila (Dave) Wells of Roswell, Ga.; and one brother, Gerry (Patricia) Kammerer of Naplate. He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Gerry and Scott Kammerer, Kerry and Brock Barnett, Blake and Chase Nimee and Dan Tsantis.