Ralph C. Kemp

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SIDNEY - Ralph C. Kemp, 90, of 145 Independence Drive, Sidney, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 2:20 a.m. at the Piqua Manor Nursing Home.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1922, in Port Jefferson, the son of the late Paul L. and Alice (Limbert) Kemp. On Feb. 23, 1946, he married his lifetime sweetheart of 62 years, Wilma D. Wagner, who preceded him in death Aug. 9, 2008.
He is survived by three sons, David Kemp and wife, Sandy, of Sidney, Tom Kemp, of Beaumont, Miss., and Steve Kemp and wife, Rosana, of Troy; five grandchildren, Steven, Tammy, Shon, Melissa and Jeremy; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Art Kemp and wife, Eileen, of Bellefontaine, Don Kemp and wife, Jan,e of Sidney, John Kemp and wife, Lottie, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jim Kemp and wife, Geneva, of Lexington, Ky,; two sisters, Martha Treen, of Sidney, and Carolynn Moore and husband, Tom, of California; and special friend, Charlene Burchett, of Sidney.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, DeDe Kemp, and one grandson, Adam Kemp.
Mr. Kemp was a World War II veteran, who served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. After serving his country, he returned home and worked for Hance Electric and Appliance in Port Jefferson until the owner sold his business. He then went into business for himself, and became the owner/operator of Kemp's TV Sales and Appliance Repair. He served as the Port Jefferson postmaster from 1958 to 1962, and later retired in 1985 from Baumfolder in Sidney.
Ralph served as president of the Port Jefferson Community Club and was a founding member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ in Port Jefferson, where he served as deacon and trustee, and was also a member of the Sidney American Legion Post 217, and Sidney DAV.
Ralph enjoyed traveling and had visited every state except Vermont. He also enjoyed playing violin, and reading in his spare time.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with the Rev. James Oates officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service will be conducted by the Sidney American Legion Post 217 at 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening.
Memorials may be made to Port Jefferson Church of Christ in memory of Ralph C. Kemp.
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Published in Sidney Daily News from July 23 to July 24, 2013
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