Jerry Jay Kemp began his eternal life on Monday, November 11, 2019 at his home near Tryon, NE at the age of 68 years.
Jerry was born on September 29, 1951 at St. Mary’s Hospital in North Platte, Nebraska to James Ray Kemp and Irene (Neal) Kemp, the third of three children.
Jerry was saved at a young age in an Amos Rundus Revival at Gospel Ridge. He attended grade school at District #9, which was the same school his mother, Irene had attended, as well as his children. He rode his beloved horse, Sugarfoot to grade school on most days. He graduated from McPherson County High School with the class of 1969.
Jerry was united in marriage on July 2, 1971 to Patty M. McNutt. Two children were born to this union, Travis and Lori. Jerry was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad from 1972 until he retired as an engineer in 2005. He resided on his ranch in the Sandhills until his passing. Jerry had an incredible love for God, his parents & family, raising cattle, living in the Sandhills and of his country. Yearly family vacations were very important, and many wonderful memories were had traveling throughout the country together as a family. Jerry was known for his gift of conversation. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. Throughout his life he loved to read and learn, and he continued to do so up until his passing. He taught his family the importance of God and was known for quoting “God is Good”. He adored his six beautiful grandchildren and they loved their Grandpa Kemp. He referred to each of his grandchildren as being “a blessing” and “a gift from God.” To a man of many titles: Jerry, Dad, Grandpa and Papa Kemp…”You are loved and will be greatly missed”.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Richard and Karl.
Survivors are son, Travis Kemp and wife Rochelle (Schluntz) of Kearney, Nebraska; daughter, Lori Martens and husband Brandon of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Ashley, Alex and Austin Kemp and Savannah, Logan and Brooklyn Martens.
Jerry chose cremation and for a private family service at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the McPherson County Fire Department. Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.