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Lynn V. Kemp

Lynn V. Kemp       “beloved father and servant of the Lord”

MILLPORT, Pa.---Mr. Lynn V. Kemp, 99, of Eleven Mile Road, passed away with his loving daughter by his side on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Unit, Coudersport.

Born on Friday, October 29, 1920 on Turkey Path Road in Oswayo Township, he was a son of Ora C. and Alta E. Jones Kemp.  On June 8, 1946 in Shinglehouse, he married Gwendolyn D. Leone, who passed away on April 5, 2008.

Lynn attended Chrystal County School and graduated from Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1937.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving from 1942 to 1946 with the 78th Infantry Division in Belgium, Germany, and France, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

Lynn worked in the oil and gas fields as a tool dresser, driller and pumper.  He retired from Air Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y. in 1983.  Lynn was also a farmer, raising dairy cows and sheep.

Lynn was a member of Chrystal Church since 1932, serving as a Sunday school teacher and church trustee.  Lynn was one of the founding members of Boy Scout Troop 58 which later became Troop 558, where he was the Scout Master for 35 years and was awarded the Silver Beaver.  He was formerly a member and had served as president of the Oswayo Valley School Board and was assessor and tax collector of Oswayo Township for many years.

For nearly 50 years, Lynn grew a pumpkin patch, where never a pumpkin was sold but given to any child.

Surviving are a daughter, Kay E. Casler of Hamburg, N.Y.; two sons, Pastor Fred E. (Gail) Kemp of Eleven Mile and Stephen C. (Teresa) Kemp of La Plata, Maryland; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Kemp of Midlothian, Illinois; two granddaughters; two grandsons; three great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Lynn was predeceased by two sons, Jonathan O. Kemp and James L. Kemp; a sister, Lila E. Higley; and two brothers, Murray E. Kemp and Carrol B. Kemp.

Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with his son, Pastor Fred E. Kemp, officiating.  Burial will be in Eleven Mile Cemetery, Chrystal. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lynn’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lynn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or visit the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.



We heard on Thanksgiving morning about our dear friend Lynn passing. We thanked the Lord for having him in our life and for the great care his family and friends gave him. I first meet him many years ago while I was small game hunting along the Eleven Mile creek. He was hunting with his bagel hound and was standing in shallow water. I walked up to him and started talking. He then pointed to a field way up the Dodge Road and asked what the two animals were standing there. I said horses, he smiled. Then a trout pasted between us and he said shot it. I said no, he smiled again and we became friends. We will miss him dearly.

John and Hazel Melhuish Nov 30 2019 12:00 AM

I am grateful for wonderful memories of our families spending time together, whether it was at a church, scouting, or school event, or simply sharing a meal together. I will always remember Lynn for his hospitality, generosity, and love for family and friends. May God be with his family during this time of loss.

Ann Bell Getkin Nov 23 2019 12:00 AM

A man named Max Dunshie that I met on the painted hills genealogy site encouraged me to write to Lynn around 2006, as my Grandfather was a cousin of Lynns. Lynn wrote me a wonderful letter and sent me a priceless photo of my grandfather and great grandfather.These 2 men helped piece together my family history on my Kemp side. So sad to hear of his passing.

Renae Kemp Cornell Nov 23 2019 12:00 AM

My husband (Kenneth Fuller) and I spent many summers in Shinglehouse and always made it a point to spend time with Lynn - he had a wealth of knowledge about the country - gardens - trees and always took us to his garden - Ken had told me what an inspiration he was to the children and the community - may he rest in peace. I'm sure he is a great loss to the community ,

Carole Fuller Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Kemp Family during this difficult time. Steve always shared Beautiful stories about his Dad.

Rest well Mr. Kemp.

Nishmer Burgess Nov 21 2019 12:00 AM

This is such a perfect description. His impact on myself is priceless. I have so many good memories of him all with love

Donna Serkleski Lingenfelter Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

I was blessed for several years to be a roommate of one of Mr. Kemp's sons(Steve).

During that time, Steve's parents would come to visit Steve and I was fortunate enough to see why Steve loved and admired both of his parents.

I am thankful to say that Steve remains a cherished friend of mine today and through the years of being friends, Steve has shared wonderful stores about his father that are a testament to his father's character and Integrity.

Even though I was not a direct friend, of Mr. Kemp, my heart feels sad for the world in the loss of a man that truly made a difference in his family and all of those that he touched.

Rest well Lynn Kemp in a Life well lived.

Bob Gill Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Friends, I pray you find peace knowing that your father is now reunited with his loved ones who have gone before him. Met by his heavenly father with these words "Well done my good and faithful servant". May you find peace in all the memories this dear man left you. Lynn you were loved by many. So long until we meet again. Howard Wheeler Sr and family

Howard Wheeler Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you. He was great man and he will not be forgotten.

Dave and Kathy Garrity Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

Forever in my heart. Love and miss you.

Deborah Kemp Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

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