Frank Kemp

Mar 24, 1932 - Feb 09, 2021

Frank Kemp

March 24, 1932 - February 09, 2021


Frank Kemp, age 88, of Quincy, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 2:45 am in Illinois Veterans' Home.

Frank was born March 24, 1932 in Mountain Grove, MO, the only child of Clarence and Mabel Pottle Kemp.

When Frank was a child, the family moved outside Lewistown, MO where he worked on the family farm. Frank graduated from Lewistown High School in 1950. After high school, he joined the United States Army, during the Korean War, where he was stationed at Fort Knox, KY. After he was honorably discharged, Frank met Phyllis Drew, and they were married on October 20, 1956 in First Christian Church in Quincy, IL. They had been married for 54 years when she preceded him in death on November 16, 2010.

Frank was employed by Gardner Denver in both Quincy and Keokuk, IA. He had also been employed by the Illinois Veterans Home. Frank was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served in various capacities, including a number of years as a Deacon. Frank was an excellent cook, and he enjoyed carrying on a conversation with anyone, occasionally mixing in a few facts. His family spent many hours waiting for dad on family trips while he talked to the gas station attendant about Quincy, his family, or who knows what. Frank was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and QHS Blue Devil Basketball.

Survivors include two sons: Troy (Angie) Kemp; and Matt Kemp all of Quincy; a daughter, Tish (Tom) Milligan of Mackinaw, IL; seven granddaughters: Kristy (Chad) Beights of Lubbock, TX; Kelley (Kyle) Lawson of Swayzee, IN; Alyson Kemp of Quincy; Madeline Kemp of Quincy; twins, Abigail and Hannah Kemp of Quincy; and Gretchen Kemp of Quincy; four great-grandchildren: Kyler, Ellison, and Veda Beights of Lubbock, TX; and Holly Lawson of Swayzee, IN, with one on the way; a nephew, Bruce Nielsen of Bettendorf, IA; and a special cousin, Earl Kempe and his family of Lewistown, MO.

In addition to his wife, Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters-in-law, Dorothy (John) Nielsen and Rachel (Bob) Boll.

Frank's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Illinois Veterans' Home for their care.

Services: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Stamper officiating. Please bring a mask if you plan on attending the service.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois, with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 37 and the United States Army Funeral Detail.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Please bring a mask if you plan on attending the visitation.

Memorials: Great River Honors Flights or Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial Donations may be made online at


Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

1535 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:00 am
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

1535 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301

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