Commander Glenn E. Kemp, United States Navy (Retired), passed away October 25, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, FL. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on October 17, 1922, the oldest son of Leslie E. Kemp and Ruth H. (Nelson) Kemp.
The first seven years of his life were spent on a wheat farm in western Canada near Liberty, Saskatchewan. He graduated from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL. and then attended University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In 1944 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy as an Aviation Cadet and earned his "Wings of Gold" and commission as Ensign in March 1946. After his first tour of duty in Okinawa, he returned to the mainland and married Reta Yvonne Prizeman of Regina, Saskatoon.
During 28 years in the Navy , he served in anti-submarine warfare, flight instructor, and helicopter training assignments. During the Korean War he was awarded the Air Medal and the US and Korean Presidential Unit Citations for rescuing two downed aviators. He later commanded helicopter squadrons at Norfolk, VA and Lakehurst, NJ. Subsequently, he served on the Navy Staff in Naples, Italy. His final tour of duty was as Administration Officer of US Naval Station Mayport, FL where he retired in 1972.
In 1977, he, his brother and father founded the Ruth H. Kemp Memorial Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, dedicated to her memory. The Foundation has assisted churches, libraries, orphans, and others in need.
In 1979 CDR Kemp married the former Carol Elizabeth Stroh and they made their home in Jacksonville, FL. An ordained elder of South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, he also served as treasurer of Duval Audubon Society and secretary of Jacksonville Chess Club. The Kemps moved to Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, FL in 1998. His major activities there were Men's Bible Study and water aerobics classes.
He is survived by wife Carol S. Kemp, son RADM Curtis A. Kemp, USN (Ret.) (Ann), daughter Laura Kemp, grandson LCDR Ian Kemp (Joelle), granddaughter Casey Slaughter (LCDR Joe) and 5 great-grandchildren, step-son Alan Brightwell(Annesley) and step-granddaughter Kristen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Good Samaritan Center, Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, FL 32064 or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Fl 32606
Published on November 1, 2017