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Bill Kemp Osceola

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:04 a.m. CDT

Bill Kemp, 88, of Osceola died April 16, 2014, at Clarke County Hospital.

A celebration of Bill’s life was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at First Christian Church, 300 S. Main St. Dr. Rev. Al Adams officiated. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., was in charge of arrangements. Memorials be given to First Christian Church of Osceola.

Bill Kemp, son of Ruth J. (Aitken) and Bert F. Kemp, was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Galva.

At age 17, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a combat corpsman during World War II; one of the invasions being the D-Day invasion on Normandy, France.

He then returned to Leon, and graduated from Leon High School in 1947.

On Oct. 3, 1948, Bill married Betty M. Rarick in Leon.

Bill was commissioned as Elder Emeritus of the First Christian Church in January of this year.

For many years, Bill owned and operated a vending machine business that covered Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Warren, and Madison counties.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty; daughter-in-law Terrie (Ed Nelson) of Van Meter; daughter Linda (Bob) Kemp-Baird of Daytona Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jason Kemp of Waukee, Jill (Anthony) Eleftheri of Zionsville, Ind., Jerrad (Jenna) Kemp of Clive and Drew Kemp-Baird of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brothers, Robert A. (Alice) Kemp, Samuel (Karen) Kemp and Gretchen VerSteegt; sister-in-law Wanda (David) Gorsline; great-grandchildren, Maddison, Nick, Nora, Fletcher and Henry Kemp and Nicholas and Victoria Eleftheri; many nieces, nephews and life-long friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Agnes, brother Michael “Mick” and son Ken.

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