Kenneth Gene Kemp, Sr., 74 of Miami, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 9, 2012. He was at home surrounded by family and friends.
Ken was born on January 18, 1938, in Akron, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Amelia Kemp.
Ken was a graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Akron, where he was a scholarship track athlete, with a degree in Business Administration.
Ken was employed at the Akron YMCA from 1958-1960 where he was fitness instructor. Later, in 1960, he was employed by BF Goodrich where he served for 23 years in various human resources roles with an emphasis on labor relations. In 1974, he was appointed the personnel manager of the Miami, Oklahoma plant and served in that capacity until the plant closing in 1986. Later that year, he became Corporate Director of Human Resources for TAMKO, in Joplin, Missouri. He retired in 2002 after a 44 year career.
Ken was an avid runner and his particular favorite was the Tulsa Run in which he participated in on numerous occasions. He served as President of the Joplin Toastmasters. He served on the vestry and various committees at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Miami, Oklahoma, as a service to his church family of over 32 years and to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ken is survived by his loving and most caring wife, Lynette, his two sons, Kenneth, Jr. and wife, Julie, of Arvada, Colorado, Randall of Southlake, Texas, his daughter, Tamara Patterson and her husband, Don of Miami, Oklahoma. Six grandchildren, Adam and his wife Katie, Kelsey, Derek, Corey, Chloe, and Justin; and two great-grandchildren, Hallie and Carter, one sister, Shirley Kemp and extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Raymond and Phillip, one sister, Mary Dresser.
Ken will surely be missed, but not forgotten.