I'm glad I had a chance to know you. Even though it wasn't that long, only a couple months, I was honored to send you a couple care packages when you were on your last tour. You made coffee and movie nights fun. I'll see you again some day.
Missing you always, everyday, every minute. You are constantly in my thoughts, I love you and miss you so much, Rick.
Rick you were a great friend i miss you. it sucks i wasnt around when this happened.
Love you buddy, I'll see you again someday
Always remembering. Forever, Aunt CIndy
Dr. Kemp and family--
I have been thinking of you over this past Memorial Day weekend and keeping you in my prayers as you remember and grieve your son. Memorial Day is a time of honoring those who have served and I am sure that this Memorial Day is filled with both great pride and great sadness for you. I am grateful for Ricky's service to our country and the many others that have served also. God's comfort be with you.
Ricky shared a plan with me. He said when he got out of the Military he was going to travel the world for one year. He was especially excited while talking about how much he wanted to take his Mom to China. He said his Mom always wanted to go there; and, he was so happy thinking about what a good time they'd have together! He said his Mom always made him laugh with her super funny sense of humor. Then, he said after the year was up he'd settle in the States and start his own business. Ricky has always been a sparkle.... a bundle of love - filled with Light.
Words can never express the love our entire family has for Ricky.
So, sweet Team it is with great respect I ask: Please keep praying for my sister and her family.
Much love to all, Aunt Cindy
Rick, I have not written as of yet, this is the first time. To me your 22 years were so short yet so full, so happy yet ending so sadly. I will always remember you as trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,obedient, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Always prepared, always ready to do your best for God and country. Willing to help others and always physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Yes you were all of these and more. It is said that "Rangers lead the way" and you did. Even now after you have gone you lead us to a better place, a better way.
I am not good at this , but you were a better man that I, but you ever encourage me to improve what I can.
I will always remember and love you my son.
“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle."
Ricky; my military friend and brother in arms; today is a very sad day to find out you have left us. God bless you, may He be with you in eternal life and may he comfort your family and friends. I always admired and respected you as an instructor and friend. I will remember the times we chatted on FB about the military and our deployment. Rest in peace Mr. Kemp.
SFC Kauffman, 68W40FM6
In Loving Memory Of A Hero
Rick's integrity, humility, unconditional love and compassion for others left an indelible impression on my life. I will be eternally grateful for his example. His passion, excitement & enthusiastic spirit are contagious. ~ Rick, my memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go. They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole. They give me comfort when I think I am alone. Of all the 'treasures' I have, it’s the memories of YOU, photographs & letters that are the most precious. Your heart of gold shined thru everything... I miss you. You will forever be part of me. Your family must be so so so proud. They raised a brave and courageous man. A Hero!
Rick was nothing short of amazing. They say no one is ‘perfect’ but I truly believe he is the closest thing to perfection, hands down! Ricky was the type of person that would do anything for you anytime, any day, no matter what. I had the honor and pleasure to meet and share tons and tons of great memories with him. His unforgettable blue angel eyes, impressive height, cute smile and great sense of humor would brighten up my day, every time I saw him. Whether we were out exploring WA, sight-seeing, working out, watching a movie or simply driving around just talking for hours; He was always able to make me smile and make everyday the best day ever. Never ever a dull moment! :o) He was full of wisdom and knowledge at such a young age. He was so smart and talented, always devoted and passionate about everything he did. He was a true hero, an outstanding friend and 'brother' to many. The most humble, gentle, caring and loving person… One of a kind! - -Rick, I will NEVER forget you, You angel of a man. I am so very blessed to have had you in my life. You are the greatest best friend anyone could ask for. My life will never be the same without you…Thank you for simply being YOU. Words cant describe how greatly missed you are and will always be. You will live in my heart and memory forever! I love you “superman-ninja” … My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You. I look forward to seeing you again...
Rick, long may you run. I will always look to you for guidance and direction in times of trouble, as you were one of the few honorable men I've had the pleasure of standing alongside. You've shown us the true definition of love and respect, and embodied humility though you had so much power. See you soon,Rob.
I will never forget what a wonderful and kind person Rick was. I always enjoyed Tae Kwon Do classes when he instructed us. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the love of God bless you and keep you always. We know in our hearts that Rick is already in His perfect care.
Rick was a super nice guy and a great friend. I always enjoyed his company, whether we were discussing academic subjects or just throwing around small talk and laughing at stupid jokes. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing, and offer my condolences. -Tim; Friend of Rick
Dear Kemp Family--
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of your son. My sincere thanks to your son for the greatest sacrifice one can give to our entire country. Thank you also to his family for raising a son who was willing to give so much. My son is also a Ranger in the 2nd/75th (Fort Lewis)--he is currently deployed. I'm sure he must have known your son and will be deeply saddened with the loss of a "brother." My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Dr. Kemp, Phyllis, and children. Our hearts go out to you during this most grievous time. Dr. Kemp, it has been a pleasure watching your children grow up for the past 20 years. I know you must be so proud of Rick! We will forever be grateful for the sacrifices that he made to protect our freedoms. Forever in our thoughts and prayers,
Wallace and Rhonda Powell
Thank you for being a hero, not only to me, but to our country. You are the most selfless person I know, everything you did had others in mind first and not yourself. That is why you were such an amazing soldier. I am so greatful for the opportunity to get to know you and be your friend. I have so many memories with you that I will never forget. You made me smile everytime I saw youand your bright blue eyes were mezmorizing. RIP and see you again someday! God Bless you and your family!
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I served with Rick for the duration of his service, and I am truly blessed for having known him. He will never be forgotten. He was one of the best buddies a guy could have.
you may be gone, but you're definitely NOT forgotten. See you on the other side. ?
Thank you for serving your country and protecting me and my family.
Now it is your turn to be protected. You will be in my prayers along with your family.
My Father is a WWII Army Ranger. The love of fellow soldiers is something I have seen my entire life. He is still with us and very proud of you. He will try to make it to pay his respects. Thank you for serving contry. Rangers Lead the Way! Pollyanna Neosho WI
To the Kemp family,
Rick and I have been friends for a number of years and my life was so blessed because of it. He was always there for me and always a source of encouragement and laughter when I needed it the most. There was nobody like your Rick and knowing him, he will never stop watching over those he truly cared about.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Reading the article in the Journal tells all that Richard was a very special individual that you can forever be proud of. My deepest sympathy.
Condolences to the Kemp Family.
From the 151 Combat Engineer Battalion
Korean Reunion members US Army 1950 -1954
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
To the Kemp family, May the Lord bless you with peace and comfort during this most difficult and challenging time. Another brave and courageous young man has left this world, but not without leaving a mark in my life and the lives of others through his dedicated and devoted service to our country. May others heed Richard's fine example. I too, have a son who is a Ranger at Ft. Lewis and I know of and appreciate the great sacrifices made by those who serve...my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ricky, I never had the opportunity to meet you, but if you are anything like your sister Emily than you are amazing! Please know that we will do our best to keep an eye on her for you, to try our best to comfort her and your parents. I lost my brother when I was 24 and he was 26. The hurt never entirely goes away. Emily will forever wonder why this had to happen, and will forever feel it was unfair to be robbed of you so early in life. My only consolation is that possibly you were saved from something down the road that we don't know about. Thank you so much for your service to your country Ricky. I regret not having the chance to meet you at Emily's wedding, but I now you will be there in spirit and thought of by everyone.
Dear Kemp Family,
We can't imagine your loss- our hearts and prayers are with you.
Katie Slickman and Sarah Glashagel
Oh Dr. Kemp and family. I am so sorry for your loss. You raised a courageous young man you must be so proud of. May God's peace and strength hold you through this time and be with you and all of your family.
Thank you young man. You did what you wanted to do. A great honor goes out to you for your sacrifice you gave for our country.
Dearest Kemp family - My deepest sympathy at the loss of your son and brother. He has accomplished much in his young life and I appreciate his service to our country. He was an accomplished and dedicated young man, you should be very proud.
Anita Lewis, Co-founder Cedarburg Boy Scout Troop 835
To the Kemp family
My God bless you during these difficult times.I also meet Rick through our son Adam.I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting Rick.Rick was the kind of person that every one wanted to be around,kind,caring and would do anything for you.Rick was also a great solider.Adam would say Rick was his body guard while they were in training. God Bless All of You
Rick RIP my friend you are so missed and look foward to seeing you again one day.
Charles Mahan Mineral well,Texas
May the knowledge that God's grace brought your son to Him bring you comfort.
To the whole family of Ricky~
May God bless you all at this extremly hard time. Im so fortunate I got to know Rick through my brother Adam who he went to basic, Airborne and RIP with. He was such a sweet and caring guy. Glad I was able to make to Seattle last May to see him, we had a blast as he showed me around :) You should be very proud to know you raised a smart, caring, brave young man. God Bless you all.
RIP Rick, you are truly missed...see you again in time
I am so sorry for your loss. Ricky was such a sweet kid and I am in awe to see all of the amazing accomplishments he had as an adult. I am honored to have briefly known someone so amazing and I am forever grateful for his commitment to keeping us safe. I hope your family finds strength in each other. Please let me know if you need anything.
To the entire Kemp Family~
I am so sorry to hear of your unimaginable loss. May God protect you and give your hearts peace in time.
Our hearts go out to all of you. Ricky was such a wonderful young man and we will always remember his kind and silly smile when he was younger. I'm grateful for his service to our country in this time of turmoil. Our hearts and prayers are all we can offer at this time and we hope that in some very small way it brings with it comfort and peace.
"May the Lord bless you and keep you: May the Lord make His face shine upon you
I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss, Dr Kemp. My prayers are with you and your family at this extremely difficult time. I pray God gives you the strength to get through and always be proud of the life he lived. All Americans owe your son a debt we can never repay. He is a true hero.
My deepest condolences! Ricky was such a bright light and joy to be around. We continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers... Love you guys!
Ranger Richard J. Kemp,
Your call to duty has earned you of the highest award. Your unselfish tribute to this great nation will not go un-noticed. God Bless you, and your family for your service to our great land.
God Bless, God Speed, & Semper Fi
I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our son three years ago when he was injured during a training activity while in Yakama, WA. He was based out of Ft. Lewis as well. He was hurt December 15, 2007 and died April 2, 2008, one day after his 25th birthday. You are included in my prayers this evening.
I am so sad, Rick was one of my favorite friends of my daughter Siobhan. Thank you God for giving us the best, wish you didn't take him away so soon. We will always remember you. Our prayers are with you.
My deepests condolences and prayers to you and your family Dr. Kemp. Thank you for the service your son provided in keeping us safe.
As a member of PGR, Soldier's Angels and a fellow WI resident, I understand your pride in your son/brother/grandchild/nephew/friend - Richard. Thank you for sharing your brave family member - my thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest condolences. Patti
Thank you for your service, we will never forget.
Our son is also a Ranger. We grieve with you. We are praying for you, that God would comfort you. Thank you for raising such a courageous, sacrificial and patriotic young man.
Thank you for your courage and sacrifice.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.