William W. Kemp, 74, of Osgood passed away at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born at Bethesda, Ohio on October 24, 1944 the son of E. W. and Betty Good Kemp.
He was married to Barbara Raney on December 29, 1993 and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Bill Kemp of Osgood; one daughter, Greta (David) Stover of Greensboro, Maryland; two step-sons James (Karen) Fye of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Brad (Tracy) Fye of Arnold, Maryland; two step- daughters, Becky (Stan) Piernick, and Barbara (Randy) McCue both of New Braunfels, Texas; one grandson; Robert Stover and 20 step-grandchildren and nine great-grand children; one brother, David (Sheila) Kemp of Barnesville, Ohio; one niece, Delise (Scott) Simonton of Rittman, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Kemp was a 1963 graduate of Martin’s Ferry (Ohio) High School. He was also a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology as well as DeVry University. He was an electrical technician for Westinghouse in Glen Burnie, Maryland and while employed there his job also took him to Tehran, Iran. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2003 after 36 years. Bill authored a book entitled “The Winged Warriors” and had done extensive genealogical work on the Kemp family.
He was also a HAM radio operator. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and wood carving. Bill was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Hazen Masonic Lodge 251, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Stratton- Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Stephen Mullins of the Tanglewood Baptist Church officiating.
The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, November 12 at 1 p.m. at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda, Ohio with Pastor Ed Eberhart officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5 p.m. until time of services.
Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery.