Gerald L. "Jake" Kemp, 76, a Loveland resident, died July 6, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Jake was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Atchison, Kan., to Harry and Ruth Kemp.
He married Rita Bibianne Rondeau Kemp on Aug. 16, 1958.
Jake attended Atchison High School, where he was captain of the basketball team. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Service in Japan and Korea after World War II.
After serving in the Navy, he and his family moved to Craig, where he worked at Foster's Lumber. He and Rita later moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Jake was a longtime employee of Capitol Lumber.
He resided in Loveland, Craig, and Cheyenne, Wyo., for most of his adult life.
Kemp enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, barbecuing and spending time with his family.
He never missed a Denver Broncos game if he could help it.
Kemp is survived by son Thomas Carson and his wife, Sharon Carson, of Berthoud, and their children Matthew and Christopher Carson, and daughter-in-law Namiko Tsukidate; son Daniel Carson and wife Kathy Carson, of Loveland, and their children, Danielle and Casey Carson, and son-in-law Justin Ewing; son Michael and wife Cheryll Carson, of Craig, and their children Wade and daughter-in-law Krista; grandson Christian and his daughter-in-law Leslie Carson; grandson Scott Carson; granddaughter Jillian Durham, daughter of son Michael Carson; son-in-law Levi Durham; great-grandchildren Paige and Janelle Carson, Chase and Bailey Carson, Clay and Logan Durham and Trace Daniel Ewing; brother Terry Kemp; nephew Steve Liggett; niece Jamie Lewman; and friend Virginia Morrison.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Harry and Ruth Kemp, wife Rita Rondeau Kemp, sister Donna Liggett and brother Loren Kemp.
Pallbearers for the service were Terry Kemp, Scott Carson, Wade Carson, Matthew Carson, Christopher Carson, Justin Ewing and honorary pallbearer Christian Carson. For more information, call 970-532-0118.
The family wishes to thank the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo., for all of its care and support through a difficult time.