Gerald C. Kemp, 88, of Clifton passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Manteno Veteran’s Home. He was born August 11, 1931 in Kankakee County, the son of William and Marie (Richter) Kemp and they preceded him in death in addition to five brothers, Leroy Kemp. William Kemp, his identical twin, Harold Kemp, Donald Kemp and Richard Kemp; and one sister, Marie Kroll.


He is survived by his companion, Sandra Zigtema of Clifton; four children, Wesley (Cheryl) Kemp of Clifton, Danita (Jerry) LaRocque of St. Anne, Carolyn (Dan) Ruark of Martinton and Jerry (Julie) Kemp of St. Louis, MO; his children’s mother, Norita Kemp; eight grandchildren, Crystal LaRocque Spalding, Stephanie LaRocque Thompson, Ashley Ruark Kusman, Courtney Ruark, Abigail Kemp, Samuel Kemp, Anneliese Kemp and Carl Ruark; six great-grandchildren, Landon, Jayden, Parker, Paxton, Lawson and Amelia; and one sister, Ellen (Bob) Jennrich of Los Angeles, CA.


Mr. Kemp served in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Aroma Park American Legion. He was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Kankakee for 30 years. Gerald was a member at Oak Springs and enjoyed golfing, bowling and horseshoes.


Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Pastor Chuck Alt will officiate. Burial will follow at Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee with military graveside rites by Momence Honor Guard.


Memorials may be made to the Manteno Veteran’s Home Alzheimer’s Unite R 5 North.


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