|Birth: ||May 16, 1924|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2006|
Garland Kenneth Kemper, 82, of Columbus Ohio, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2006 at his residence. He was born on May 16, 1924 in Springfield Township Ohio, the son of William Lowell and Ethel Lucy (Jackson) Kemper. He was preceded in death by his brother Edward Kemper and sister Mary Lane. He is survived by his brother Charles Kemper of Walterboro, South Carolina; Half brother William Lowell (Junior) Kemper of Kerr, Ohio; Half sister Janet Sue Miller of Kerr, Ohio; and Half sister Frances Fay Secoy of Kerr, Ohio He is survived by his five children; Kenneth (and Caryl) Kemper of Granville Ohio, David (and Jackie) Kemper of Lansing Michigan, Barbara (and Roger) Nichols of Grove City Ohio, Charles Buddy (and Diane) Kemper of Tarpon Springs Florida and Gary Kemper of Lee High Acres Florida. He is survived by seven grandchildren; Todd Naille, Richard Kemper, Teresa Tingley, Aaron Kemper, Jason Nichols, Scott Nichols and Jessica Kemper. He is survived by six great grandchildren; Laney Naille, Emma Naille, Carley Naille, Jackson Tingley, Zachary Nichols and Kevin Nichols. Garlands passing will leave a void in the hearts and lives of family and friends who loved him. Garland went to school at the Bidwell Porter high school in Bidwell Ohio. Garland joined the United States Navy on October 22, 1942 and served in the pacific theater in Sydney Australia during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on December 19, 1945. He worked for the Blue Valley Creamery from 1945 until his enlistment in the United States Army on March 27, 1948. During his time in the Army he was stationed at Sandia Army Base in NM, Ft. Belvoir in VA, three years at Camp Drake in Tokyo Japan, one year in Korea, three years at Harbord Barracks installation in Olivet France, one year in Tuy Hoa Vietnam, a few months at Ft. Meade MD, one year in Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam and his final years at Ft Sheridan IL. Garland accrued a total of forty eight months in combat time. The awards that he earned while in the Navy were the Navy Asiatic Pacific medal, Philippine Liberation medal, American Theater of Victory medal. The awards received while in the Army include the Bronze Star medal, Army Commendation medal, National Defense medal, Six Good Conduct medals, Vietnam Campaign medal with three campaign stars (DVC), and the Vietnam Service Medal with two overseas bars. He retired from the United States Army on December 17, 1969 with 26 years of combined military service. After retiring from the military he worked in the mid seventies at Select Sires of Columbus OH. After he entered full retirement he managed a LifeCare Alliance site for two years and received a certificate of appreciation for 2,281 hours of service. He also worked as a volunteer for the Southwestern City Schools by sitting on several district advisory committees, but his most dedicated service has been to the Love and Affection Grandparents Program at the Prairie Norton Elementary school at which he served for twenty years. It was said in a newspaper article about his volunteer service Kemper has five children (four sons and one daughter) who grew up while he had little time to give. Hence, he considers the time he spends in the Love and Affection program a way to pay back the time his career would not allow him to spend with his own children. He was a born-again Christian who read his Bible daily, and he regularly attended West Broad Church of the Nazarene.
William Lowell Kemper (1898 - 1975)
Ethel L. Jackson Kemper (1904 - 1942)
Franklin Hills Memory Gardens
Created by: Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Record added: Dec 01, 2013
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Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Added: Dec. 1, 2013