Reginald Kemp, 88

Published 10:51 am Monday, March 2, 2015

Reginald Kemp, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his home near London, Minnesota.



Reginald Frederick Kemp was born Sept. 26, 1926, to Patrick and Edith Kemp in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England. Reginald served in the British Army during World War II. After the war, Reginald returned to farming and married Dorothy Roberts on Aug. 16, 1949. To this marriage was born three sons and one daughter. They continued farming until they emigrated to the U.S. in March of 1957, and resided near London, Minnesota, where they farmed for many years until they bought their own farm in Leroy, Minnesota. They continued farming until their retirement. They then moved back to London, Minnesota, and bought an acreage where they lived until the present.

Reginald had several callings in the church. He was President of the Elders Quorum, High Priest Leadership, and taught classes and worked with the Primary. He also enjoyed being Santa for the church children and his family. When Reginald retired, he indulged in his favorite pastimes of raising ornamental birds including pheasants, peacocks, bee keeping and his ornamental fish ponds. He was also an avid gardener and known for enjoying a game of golf.

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Reginald will be remembered by all his friends for his frequent use of one-liners and practical jokes.

Reginald is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons: John (Barbara), Roy (Denise); and a daughter, Shirley; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Jean, Edith and Doris; and a son, Paul.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 4 at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served by the Relief Society. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family would prefer memorials which can be left at the church.