OBITUARY

Kenneth M. Kemp

December 20, 1948April 30, 2021
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Kenneth Milton Kemp – an entrepreneur, a mentor and friend to all - passed away peacefully on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Memorial Herman while awaiting a lung transplant after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis following COVID. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three devoted children. He was 72.

Born December 20, 1948 in Memphis, TN to Milton & Eloise Kemp. He moved to Victoria and met the love of his life, Marilyn Braeuer. They were married in 1968. He was a lifelong pilot of airplanes and helicopters who enjoyed the thrill of flying and attending many airshows in South Texas. He was an entrepreneur who owned and operated many businesses including Victoria Pressure Cleaners, Victoria Sweeping, Victoria Chemical Company, Texas Hydro Services, Kemp’s Tool Company, Victoria Helicopter Services and Coastal Helicopter. He retired in 2020.

He was wise beyond his education and people of all ages and phases in life sought his advice and benefited from his knowledge’s and experiences. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing bingo, flying, shooting, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Victoria EAA, a lifetime member of the NRA, and served as a board member of the Victoria Trap and Skeet Club.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife of 52 years Marilyn Kemp, children – Clinton Kemp (Mike), Kimberly (Kevin) Migura, Kristie (Travis) Yancey, and 4 grandchildren Tyler Migura, Trevor Yancey, Trenton Yancey and Carly Migura, and sister, Barbara Robbins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Tim Kemp.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 11-2 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Mr. Ronnie Dirks officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Hinds, Dardon Morganroth, Dan Dirks, Kenny Parma, Ronnie Strelczyk, Bobby Key, Jackie Campbell, Jack Foreman and Larry Reese.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Victoria Trap and Skeet Club – Land Fund P.O Box 4116, Victoria, TX 77903 or Victoria 4-H Shotgun Club, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria, TX 77904.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com. To view a family tribute video please visit https://youtu.be/U4ay2hyehDs

  • FAMILY

  • Marilyn Braeuer Kemp, Wife of 52 years
  • Clinton Kemp (Mike), Son
  • Kimberly Migura (Kevin), Daughter
  • Kristie Yancey (Travis), Daughter
  • Tyler Migura, Grandson
  • Trevor Yancey, Grandson
  • Trenton Yancey, Grandson
  • Carly Migura, Granddaughter
  • Barbara Robbins, Sister
  • Milton Kemp, Father (deceased)
  • Eloise Kemp, Mother (deceased)
  • Tim Kemp, Brother (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Victoria Trap and Skeet Club-Land Fund
  • Victoria 4-H Shotgun Club

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Memories

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Steve McManus

May 8, 2021

I just heard about Kenneth passing away. Daryl Hester informed me. I enjoyed all the hog hunting Kenneth, myself and Maurice Chambers did with our dogs years ago, as well as the airboats. We miss it all, Kenneth—we all had good times. Rest In Peace. Steve

Gary and Ann Southard

May 6, 2021

You could search the world over and not find another like Kenneth. He was one of a kind and God through the mold away after he made him for sure. I think there was very few people that he didn't like and it just made him so happy for family or friends to come see him. He made everyone feel so special but I know his whole life was Marilyn, the kids and grandkids. Marilyn, you and the rest of the family will be lost for a long,long time and I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. My prayers and love are with you all and I'm here if you need to talk.

Bill Meredith

May 5, 2021

Marilyn and family:
I was deeply saddened to hear of Kenneth’s passing. He was a great friend from the early 80s onwards. Great memories doing deer surveys and predator control on the McFadden. Great times teaching Ron Sistrunk and Kenneth to fly helicopters in the early 90s. Even after I left the Victoria area, we stayed in touch and he was always fun to talk to. I will miss him greatly.
Prayers and Condolences for you and yours.
Bill, Shawn, and Schreiner Meredith.

Mike Howell

May 4, 2021

Sorry to here about Kenneth, grew up him and his family on Mcarthur in West Memphis. Praying for all of you during this time.

Allen Smith

May 4, 2021

Marilyn our thoughts, deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and the family.
Kenneth, buddy what can I say about you that hasn't already been said. The last few days my thoughts have been consumed about you, our times together and conversations, even down to the simplest things like you insisting I try Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream telling me there's nothing like it and you were right . We wound up buying a couple extra gallons to bring back to Arkansas in our motor home. At that time Texas was the only place to buy Blue Bell. I'm sorry I didn't get the time I promised you to come down hog shooting and fishing trips. May you rest in peace, you will surely be missed. Love you buddy and god bless and protect your family.

Fred Smith

May 4, 2021

Kenneth was a great cousin. His house was always open to family and friends. A great man and family member that will be sorely missed. I knew and loved his mother and I am comforted by knowing he is with her and his Aunt Pauline.

Bobby Key

May 4, 2021

The best friend a man could have. I will surely miss him calling and coming by to visit. Great guy, great family, a very sad loss, hard to accept. Bobby Key

Liz Morgenroth

May 4, 2021

I met Kenneth the same day I met my husband. He always stop when our work season started. He was always full of conversation. The thing I remember the most is if I had doubts about something he would always assured me it was ok. My heart is saddened knowing he will not be coming by.

Jackie Schmidt

May 3, 2021

Kenneth You and Your Family were Always there when needed Remember hearing you come in from Hunting My dogs barking your barking You and Your Family were the Best Neighbors anyone could have You and your Family were there in 1980 When i was hospitalized in Houston Checking on Joyce and my Youngsters You will forever be remembered

Casey White

May 3, 2021

Kenneth was a good man. He was a true man’s man. He was always kind. He was someone I admired and aspired to be more like. I always enjoyed telling friends of the stories Kenneth had about hunting boars and flying. His memory will always be a pleasant and joyful thought. Much Luv Kenneth. May you rest in peace...

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Biography

Kenneth Milton Kemp – an entrepreneur, a mentor and friend to all - passed away peacefully on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Memorial Herman while awaiting a lung transplant after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis following COVID. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three devoted children. He was 72.

Born December 20, 1948 in Memphis, TN to Milton & Eloise Kemp. He moved to Victoria and met the love of his life, Marilyn Braeuer. They were married in 1968. He was a lifelong pilot of airplanes and helicopters who enjoyed the thrill of flying and attending many airshows in South Texas. He was an entrepreneur who owned and operated many businesses including Victoria Pressure Cleaners, Victoria Sweeping, Victoria Chemical Company, Texas Hydro Services, Kemp’s Tool Company, Victoria Helicopter Services and Coastal Helicopter. He retired in 2020.

He was wise beyond his education and people of all ages and phases in life sought his advice and benefited from his knowledge’s and experiences. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing bingo, flying, shooting, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Victoria EAA, a lifetime member of the NRA, and served as a board member of the Victoria Trap and Skeet Club.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife of 52 years Marilyn Kemp, children – Clinton Kemp (Mike), Kimberly (Kevin) Migura, Kristie (Travis) Yancey, and 4 grandchildren Tyler Migura, Trevor Yancey, Trenton Yancey and Carly Migura, and sister, Barbara Robbins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Tim Kemp.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 11-2 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Mr. Ronnie Dirks officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Hinds, Dardon Morganroth, Dan Dirks, Kenny Parma, Ronnie Strelczyk, Bobby Key, Jackie Campbell, Jack Foreman and Larry Reese.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Victoria Trap and Skeet Club – Land Fund P.O Box 4116, Victoria, TX 77903 or Victoria 4-H Shotgun Club, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria, TX 77904.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com. To view a family tribute video please visit https://youtu.be/U4ay2hyehDs