Ethan Bert Kazmerzak was born April 12, 1991, to Thomas Kazmerzak and April Hemmes. He graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School, Class of 2009. Ethan then attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City where he was a member of the University of Iowa Marching Band, concert band and writing group, in which he had poems and short stories published.
He enjoyed volunteering at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton that his Great-Great Grandfather and Great Grandfather had owned and operated. Ethan was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed and participated in many branches of the Arts. He played multiple instruments and was a member of the Hampton Municipal Band. Ethan was also active in events sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council, especially drama productions. In his spare time Ethan enjoyed movies, reading, writing and theater.
Ethan is survived by his parents Tom Kazmerzak and April Hemmes of Hampton; sister Ruth Kazmerzak of Seattle, Washington; maternal grandmother Sarah (Sally) Hemmes of Hampton; paternal grandparents Larry and Janice Kazmerzak of Red Oak; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Harlan Hemmes.
The family would like to thank the community, both local and extended, for all of their support over the years. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many caring people.
Ethan's memorial gifts will go to the Franklin County Arts Council which supports the Windsor Theater, Scholarships for high school seniors who have excelled in the Arts and to bring emerging young artists from around the world to share their talents with Franklin County.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Visit https://www.ethankazmemorial.com/ to donate to the memorial fund.
Other donations and cards can be sent to:
879 Mallard Ave
Hampton, Iowa 50441
I watched the people who found his car and Ethan on my cell phone and it is sad to learn that he met with such an untimely death I pray that his family will be ok and I send my deepest condolences to hi Mom and Dad and sister and family I never met him but I am sure ifbI did we would have been good friends I am sorry that such a fine young man like Ethan isn't here with us God Bless and Thank You to the team that found him .They are angels.
I never knew Ethan, or had ever met him. My thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends
I'll always remember "Kaz" as the loud life of the party that could fill a room with excitement. We had many an adventure up at the University of Iowa and they will stick with me for the rest of my days. All of the Currier bros and I send our condolences.
Tom & Family
I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family.
words cannot express the sadness I feel for you Tom, April and Ruth. Praying God will surround you with people who loved Ethan and Love you and give you peace. Kathy and Todd
As I subbed for Mr. Basye, I had Ethan as a 6th grade science student. His big heart and infectious smile nearly brought me to tears when he brought this lowly substitute a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day! My condolences to the family.
Although terribly sad to know Ethan passed at such a young age, I’m glad he was found. He was such a respectful and bright kid. Peace for Ethan and his family.
Trent and Angela Grundmeyer
Go now, dear Ethan, to take your place with the angels. May God's grace and His light of PEACE follow your family until you are all together again.
Rick and Julie Salvesen
Did numerous plays at the Windsor where I got to know Ethan. He had such a zest for performing and was such fun to be around. Peace and understanding to you his family .
A beautiful soul gone to soon. Heaven is much brighter with him . Prayers to your family.
I enjoyed having Ethan in class so much. He always gave his best and bounced into the room every day like a beam of sunshine through the big windows. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Bonnie Stewart
Our hearts ache for you......Craig and Mary Lou Semler
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