Robert Kemp, 81, of O'Fallon, Ill., born July 31, 1934, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 ,at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill., surrounded by his loving family.
He proudly served our country four years in the United States Air Force. In 1956 he married the love of his life, whom he lost 20 years ago. He was a member of the Local 534 Meat Cutters Union. He was very devoted to his family, and was a "Dad" to everyone in the neighborhood. Robert enjoyed working puzzles, was an avid fan of art work and enjoyed traveling. He was an avid Cardinals fan and enjoyed spending Sundays with his sons watching football.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marilyn G., nee Pluff, Kemp; his parents, Byrd and Olga, nee Schwartz, Kempand; and two sisters, Hazel Kemp, and Jeanne Kemp.
Survivors include his children, Debra (Edward) LaBruyere of Fairview Heights, Ill., William (Diane) Kemp of Shiloh, Ill., John Kemp of O'Fallon, Ill., Donna (Paul) Swanson of O'Fallon, Ill., Kathleen (Steven) Newcomb of O'Fallon, Ill., and Dana (Tom) Gardner of Affton, Mo.; his grandchildren, Stephanie Faith, Robert Faith, Angela Faith, Mary Kemp, Kristie Kemp, Ryan Kemp, Jessica Kemp, Johnny Kemp, Melanie (Swanson) Dziurdzy, Michael Swanson, Nicole Newcomb, Curtis Newcomb, Kaitlyn Newcomb, Alexis Newcomb,
Alex Gardner, Devan Gardner and Jack Gardner; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa Wills, Madilynn Faith, Gabrielle Faith, Mason Dimeglio, Grace Dimeglio, Keaton Faith, Keira Faith, Cale Downs, Davis Downs, Camden Dziurdzy, Alina Dziurdzy, and Noah Newcomb.
The family would like to thank Belleville Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care Robert received.
Memorials may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church/School at: stclarechurch.org, or Heartland Hospice at: heartlandhospice.com, and tributes may be extended to the family online at: www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O'Fallon, Ill., 62269.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 8, 2016, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, Ill., 62269, with the Father Jim Deiters officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Ill.
FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 6, 2016