LEXINGTON, Ky. - Roger Wayne Hemken, 84, husband of Mary Ann Hemken, passed away Thurs. Aug. 15, at his residence. Born Dec. 9, 1928 in Livingston County, IL, he was the son of the late Wane F. and Cora Leone Lommatch Hemken. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and received his PhD from Cornell University. Mr. Hemken was a retired dairy nutrition professor at the University of KY, receiving numerous research awards. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, a member of the Lions Club and a past president and active member of the American Dairy Science Association.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Hemken, Lexington, KY; two sons, Douglas E. (Elizabeth) Hemken, Madison, WI and Jeffrey W. Hemken, Nantucket, MA; and three sisters, Joan (Roy) Underwood, Brighton, MI, Virginia (Max) Culver, Columbus, OH, and Sylvia (James) Eichelkraut, Ottowa, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Ropp.
A memorial service will be held 12:00 pm Monday, August 19, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1000 Tates Creek Road by Rev. Andy Rutrough. A private committal service will follow. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until service time on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church, 1000 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington, KY 40502 or the Payne/Hemken Scholarship Fund, c/o Dr. Robert Harmon, 900 W.P. Garrigus Bldg, University of KY, Lexington, KY 40546.
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