John Keith Bemis
John Keith Bemis
DELPHOS, Ohio - John Keith Bemis, 30, Delphos, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 28, 1981, in Greenville, Ohio, to Tony and Sue (Reddy) Bemis. They survive in Delphos.

He loved to cook and entertain. He was part of the Delphos St. John's football team which won the state championship in 1997 and 1998. Keith also ran cross country during his senior year to stay in shape so that he could join the Navy. Keith also ran track all four years of high school.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and graduated in 2000 from Delphos St. John's High School. He earned his associates degree in criminal justice and marketing from San Diego State University and was also working toward his bachelor's degree.

At the time of his death, Chief Petty Officer Bemis was on active duty with the U.S. Navy in San Diego. Bemis began his career by serving on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain and providing support to ground troops during the first Afghanistan campaign. The Navy recognized him as Sailor of the Month in February, 2004 for his efforts in preventing a fire which could have destroyed his ship. After that, Bemis recruited for the Navy in West Texas where he was the top recruiter. Recently, Bemis served as an engineer on the U.S.S. Independence and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Navigation in the Panama Canal.

Survivors include three sisters: Allie Bemis of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary-Frances "Fran" Bemis stationed in Guam with the U.S. Navy and Christine "Christy" Bemis stationed in England with the U.S. Navy; a brother: Ted Bemis of Florence, S.C.; grandparents: Sue and Jack Reddy and Don and Naomi Bemis; aunts and uncles: Cheryl and Scot Story, Diane and Greg Ray, Patrick Reddy, Martha and Dan Lehman, and John and Sandy Reddy; cousins: Ethan and Sean Story, Christopher and Kathleen Ray, Elizabeth, Victoria, and Caroline Lehman, and Joe, Sarah, Nick, and Kathleen Reddy, and future brother-in-law: Maroun "Moon" Nammour.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents: Bernard and Martha Reddy, John and Marie Mazziotti, Theodore and Mary Elizabeth Yount, and Ernest and Melissa Bemis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. MSGR. Chris Vasko will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, with military grave rites conducted by the Navy Patriot Guard and Delphos Veterans Council. Visitation will be on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, from 1-3 and 5-7 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. There will be a parish wake on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. with a full rosary service to follow.

Memorial contributions are to the John Keith Bemis Memorial Scholarship Fund.