Jon "Joe" Kammerdiener 1940–2016
Jon was raised in Western PA. He told his kids lots of stories about growing up in a coal mining family. He attended a two room primary school. His home didn’t have electricity when he was young, and the bathroom was outside and down the path. He loved to reminisce about these times. We heard of his high school running career, his time living with his sister and brother-in-law and working on their poultry farm, his fishing adventures. We heard many stories, in fact, some stories we heard many times!
Jon also created new memories. For Shawn and Heidi, there was the experience of living in Holland and traveling in Europe. For Leah and Jason, there were memories of our adventures together. Summers up at Green Shingle Lodge, camping trips with the motor home, visiting various cities around the country for RE/MAX conventions, and campfires on Seneca Lake.
To Jon’s family from PA, although his driver’s license has said New York for many years, his heart was always back in PA with all of you. He looked forward to going back and hunting and gathering with the big family back in the house in Putneyville. You were constantly in his thoughts. As he used to say, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.
To the NY, FL and CO side of the family, Jon enjoyed all our visits, watching the nieces and nephews grow up and being part of our amazing family.
To Shawn, your father was so proud of you. He always said what a good kid you were- really meaning what a fine adult you have become, but to him you were still his kid. He looked forward to your visits and the nights you would go out to dinner together. He knew he could count on you for anything, and you never let him down. You are a wonderful son.
To Heidi, I don’t think anything could have lifted Dad’s spirits more than your visits during his time in the hospital. Know that you and your family being there gave him immense happiness and peace.
To Leah, I remember when you were born. Dad held you up at the hospital in one hand and told you that you were going to grow up to be an ambassador to Ireland. We all know that he was wrong in that prophecy, but he is very proud of all you have accomplished as his Docta Dawter. You had a very special bond, sharing your bumming days together as you drove around running errands or stopping at garage sales, your lunch dates, and your vacation together to VA. You are and always will be his little girl and he will always be looking after you.
To Jason, for years dad was the 2-headed man, carrying you around on his shoulders. Often he did it because he enjoyed it, more than you really needed a break from walking. He is so impressed by the adult you have become, your intelligence and your kindness. I’m not sure he realized that he was looking at a reflection of himself. Your trip together in England was very special to him, two history buffs and two very special people getting time together. I don’t think I have ever seen him enjoy himself more than at your wedding to Katie. He adores you Katie, as we all do, and it was a day for nothing but smiles and celebration.
To everyone here, we had a good life with Jon. A life of memories that he will now share and reminisce with others up in heaven until we are able to join him and create new memories together again. Love you Jon, always.