CAMP DOUGLAS — Ronald D. Kemp, 76, of Camp Douglas passed away suddenly Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Ronnie was born Dec. 17, 1941, to Adolph and Ursula (Densmore) Kemp of rural Kirby, Wis. Ronnie attended elementary schools in rural Kirby and Oakdale areas, with graduation from Tomah High School. After graduation, Ronnie joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; he was also a member of the Army National Guard for one year and then in the Army Reserves for three years. After his time in the military he came back to his roots in the Oakdale area and drove cattle truck for Bill Guthurie and also worked for the Oakdale Electric Company for a short period of time. Ronnie then decided to move on with a career in the telephone business, he began working for Stromberg Carlson Telephone Company, after schooling in New York City, N.Y. his place of employment was in Ripon, Wis. On weekends and time off, Ronnie would come home to visit family and friends and met the love of his life. He married Connie Snider Sept. 23, 1967, in Kirby, Wis. Ronnie and Connie returned to Ripon and lived there for two years. While in Ripon, they were blessed with a son, Bryan “Munch”. Shortly after, they both decided to live closer to family and Ronnie was employed at Northwest Telephone Company. They purchased a portion of the family farm and began new roots there. They were blessed with another son, Kevin. Opportunity gave Ronnie a chance for early retirement from Northwest Telephone, so in 1991, he ended one career but decided to start another. He worked for Arc Electric in Tomah where he retired from in 2000. Ronnie was a master of many things, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and much much more, he was one of those guys who could fix anything and was always willing to help out anyone in need. After retirement, Ronnie enjoyed life, he loved his family very much and had many friends. He liked golfing, hunting, riding ATV’s, and travel whenever he could. His smile will be sadly missed around the community.
Ronnie was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Shennington and served on the church council for a few terms. He was a member of the Northern Masonic Lodge 272 in Camp Douglas and was also a member of the American Legion Post #201 in Tomah.
Ronnie is survived by his loving wife, Connie for 50 years; his son, Kevin (Heidi) Kemp; grandson, Dylan Kemp (special friend, Shalena); granddaughter, Ashley Kemp; daughter-in-law, Kristie Kemp; brother, William (Ruth) Kemp; sister-in-law, Linda Smothers (special friend, Kit Rixie); many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Ursula; his son, Bryan “Munch” Kemp; siblings, Helen (Kemp) Forbush, Margaret (Kemp) Haase, Donna (Kemp) Ghelfi, Eugene Kemp, and Elinor (Kemp) Driver; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Laura Snider.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Shennington. Pastor Jeffrey Ruetten will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church in Shennington. Funeral arrangements are being arranged by the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.