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Services Tuesday for Thomas Leroy Edward Kemp

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Thomas Leroy Edward Kemp "TK", age 62 of Chesterton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

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.

Funeral Services 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:


Posted 6/13/2016





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