Thomas Leroy Edward
Kemp "TK", age 62 of Chesterton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 8,
He was born on July
17, 1953, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to Leroy and Maude (Moore) Kemp, both of
whom preceded him in death.
On May 20, 1983, he
married Deborah (Cincoski) Kemp, who survives in Chesterton.
Also surviving are
his children: Christine (Charley) Pratt of Chesterton and Bob Estes of
Porter; his grandchildren: Aery, Tommy, Megan Pratt, and Rachel Estes; his
sisters: Patricia (Tom) Foley, Kathy (Bob) Hommey, and Debbie (Rick) Watts,
all of Chesterton, and Barbara (Matt) Winter of Canal Fulton, Ohio; many
loving nieces and nephews.
Tom was also
preceded in death by his brother Chris “Boots” Kemp in 1987.
Tom retired from
NIPSCO in October after over 40 years of employment. Tom and Debbie were
excited to have been able to travel to the Southwest this March, as Tom had
a love for National Parks. He was a very active grandparent at the State
Park Little League, coaching the All-Stars among many other things. His love
of history, reading, music, old movies and a wealth of local knowledge made
him everyone’s favorite partner in Trivia games. He was an avid Cubs fan
since childhood and believes "THIS WILL BE THE YEAR". Tom's most cherished
times were spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren, golfing with
friends, and watching the CUBS win. Tom looked forward to attending every
one of his grandson's baseball games. He was a very kind, caring, and
generous person to those he treasured and will be missed greatly by his
family, extended family of many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, and
the Garage Gang.
will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 11 a.m., with a visitation from
10 a.m. until time of service, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 West 1100
North, Chesterton, with Pastor Erik Grayvold officiating. Burial will follow
at the Chesterton Cemetery.
The family will
receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016 at White-Love
Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton. In lieu of flowers, the
family is requesting monetary donations be made to BLC (Bethlehem Lutheran
Church) High School Youth Group. Memories and condolences may be shared at: