Dr. Gilbert Havlin Kemp (1933 - 2011)

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Dr. Gilbert Havlin Kemp Son of Peter Muir Kemp and Winifred Hill Kemp, passed away on November 6, 2011 in Olympia, WA surrounded by his family. Born on September 22, 1933 in Eveleth, MN, he is survived by his wife of 57 years, Roxana Kemp, sons Havlin Kemp (Dorothy), Portland, OR and Christian Kemp (Dana), McKinney, TX; and daughter Kathryn Morton (Tom), of Puyallup, WA. He is also survived by three granddaughters, three grandsons, one sister, Winifred Sulentich of La Mirada, CA, many nieces and nephews, and goddaughter Tracy McGill of Cannon Beach, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James and William. In 1960, Gil graduated from Illinois College of Optometry and practiced optometry in Juneau, Haines and Skagway, AK for 39 years before retiring in 2000 to the Olympia area. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed hunting and the great Alaskan outdoors. In recent years, he continued to return to Sitka, AK with family to fish. A reluctant occasional bridge player, he was a tenacious cribbage player, and also enjoyed playing board games with family and friends. Gil was a 33rd degree Mason, a Shriner, and a Rotary Paul Harris fellow, and was a member of the Elks, Moose, Alaska Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He volunteered at the Lions Eye Center, and his corneas have been donated to benefit the Lions Eye Bank. Gil was an honorable man, a loving husband, and a dedicated father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and always had an attentive and willing audience for his jokes and stories. His loving nature and keen sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Tumwater, WA. At his request, his ashes will be spread in his favorite fishing grounds south of Juneau, AK next summer. In his memory donations may be made to The Rotary Club of Juneau, PO Box 21165, Juneau, AK 99802, or Shriner Hospitals for Children, c/o Afifi Shrine, 815 South Vassault Street, Tacoma, WA 98465.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2011
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