A former chairman of UMB Financial (UMBF) in Kansas City, Mo., died Thursday.

R. Crosby Kemper Jr., 86, spent more than 50 years in the banking industry, according to a Friday press release from the company. At 22, he began working at his father's City National Bank as a night transit clerk "where he met trains and sorted checks." He became senior chairman of the $16 billion-asset UMB in 2001.

In 2004, Kemper retired from his position at the company. His son, J. Mariner Kemper, then became the sixth family member to lead UMB. 

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