Anchorage resident Keith Edwin Kemp, 74, died April 4, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center while surrounded by his family.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. May 3 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 8100 Arctic Blvd. A celebration of life will follow from noon to 4 p.m. at the home of Jim and Jenae Meinal. His ashes will be interred at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Kemp was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Bloomington, Iowa, to Rex and Helen Schafer Kemp. He graduated from Muscatine High School in Iowa, lettering in football. He was drafted in the Army in February 1951 and received an honorable discharge from the Army Ready Reserve in April 1957.
Mr. Kemp married Karol Hornung March 6, 1954, in Burlington, Iowa.
He was employed in telecommunications. He started with Northwestern Bell (Iowa) in 1950, leaving in 1968 to join RCA Service Co. on the White Alice Project in Alaska. He drove his family up the Alaska Highway in 1969. He stayed with ITT when it assumed operations in 1967. He then took a position with Anchorage Telephone Co. in 1973 and retired in 1991.
Mr. Kemp was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, IBEW Union, American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Good Sam's Club. He volunteered as coach, manager and umpire for Little League and as a YMCA basketball referee.
His hobbies were family, computers, genealogy and making friends. He traveled extensively with his family throughout the United States.
Mr. Kemp is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karol; sister, Shirley Stange of Muscatine, Iowa; brother, Arlo Kemp of St. Louis; daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Jack Shockley, son, Steven Kemp, daughter and son-in-law, Jenae and Jim Meinel, all of Anchorage; sons, Daniel Kemp of Dillingham and Robert Kemp of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters-in-law, Taren Kemp and Tammy Kemp; and grandchildren, Jayson, Jonathan, Kurtis, Kayde, Danielle, Emily, Jessica, Mariah and Donovan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marilyn Danz Kemp; and son, Edwin Kemp.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alaska Kidney Foundation, 3000 A St., No. 410, Anchorage 99503.