Kane County is mourning the death of Warren Kammerer, the county’s first elected board chairman and a trailblazer in local government.
Kammerer died peacefully July 20 at home, surrounded by his family. He was 94 years old.
He grew up on a humble farm in Pecatonica, IL, during the depression, enlisted in the Army toward the end of WWII and was chosen for the OSS Counter Intelligence Corps, a precursor to the CIA. He was stationed in occupied Osaka, Japan.
Kammerer worked his way through college at the University of Illinois, then began a lifelong career at Firestone, starting in sales in 1951 and culminating with managing his own store in St. Charles for more than 30 years.
Kammerer had a lifelong interest in politics and held positions in several civic and governmental committees, including being a delegate for the 1992 Republican National Convention.
Locally, his place in history is as the first elected chairman of the Kane County Board, where he served from 1990 to 1996. According to his obituary, he was instrumental in significant infrastructure improvements and financial reforms.
He was a member of the VFW, charter member of Kiwanis International, Moose International, National Exchange Club, Playmakers community theater group, and various church committees.
Kammerer is survived by Virginia, his wife of more than 50 years, children Ann Kammerer, Jill (David) Kammerer, Warren Kammerer III, Stephen Kammerer, Holly (Tom) Regelbrugge, Lauren (William) Pedersen, Jinny Gilgan, Katy (Ryan) Carlson, grandchildren Lana Kammerer, Harry and Samuel Jaffe, great-grandchildren Anyssa Green (and soon, Ethan Carlson), siblings Joan (Robert) Lindquist, Nellie (Willis) Runne, Phyllis (Fred) Peterson.
There will be a private funeral. Interment will be at Hulse Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL.
Donations in his name can be made to Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St, Charles.