William Kemp Sr.
William Kenneth Kemp Sr., 81, of Denmark, Iowa, was a former 24-year resident of Kingman. William died at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa. He had Parkinson's for the past nine years. William was born Jan. 22, 1925, in Burlington, Iowa, to Richard and Minnie (Schmitz) Kemp.
William was formerly married to Mary Ellen Francis; they divorced. He married Dorothy Jeanne Starr; she survives. The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29, 2006. They moved to Kingman in 1969. William retired from Ford Motor Company Proving Grounds at Yucca. He and Dorothy moved back to Iowa in 1993. William enjoyed woodworking over the years, music, reading and playing pinochle. As his Parkinson's progressed, reading became even more important to him as well as the television. Bill was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Madison, the Denmark Senior Citizens and the Passport Club. He was a former member of the Mohave County Arizona Sheriff's Jeep Posse, and a member and usher for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kingman.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by four sons, William (wife Candi) Kemp Jr., of Letts, Iowa; Patrick (wife Carol) Kemp of Burlington; Michael (wife Linda) Kemp of Galesburg, Ill., and John Kemp of Hillsboro, Iowa; and two daughters, Deborah McCann of Burlington and Rebecca Nelson, also of Burlington. He also has three stepchildren, Debora (husband Michael) Casson of Cottonwood, Monica Kemp of Bullhead City and Gary Martin of Burr Ridge, Ill. He has one God-child, Echo Nicole Blum, of Kingman. There are 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. One brother, Robert A. (Dixie) Kemp of Burlington also survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James.
Friends called from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison. The family was present for a rosary which was recited at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Madison, with the Rev. Thomas Parlette and the Rev. Timothy Sheedy as celebrants. Friends were invited to join the family for lunch at Roling Hall after the Mass. Burial was held following the lunch, at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Denmark Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and/or to the Parkinson's Foundation. Contributions were made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, 1919 Avenue F, Fort Madison, IA 52627, or on the day of the service at the church. Online condolences to the Kemp family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel Web site: www.barrmemorialchapel.com.
Jackie Medlin Gonzales
Jackie Medlin Gonzales passed away in Kingman on Dec. 9, 2006.
Jackie was born Aug. 19, 1955, in Klamath Falls, Ore., but lived most of her life in the Mohave County area.
She attended school and graduated from Thunderbird High School in Bullhead City.
Jackie attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and was well known for her wonderful cooking and catering.
She and her husband are owners of White Wind Tiger Foundation.
One of Jackie's loves were her crafts and hobbies which included, but certainly not limited to, stained glass, beading, yoga, teaching karate to tiny tigers (Jackie had earned a Purple Belt in Karate); she was a falconer, raised sugar gliders and operated an exotic pet store.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughters, Juli (Clint) Congleton of Las Vegas and Jennifer Bloomfield of Phoenix; sister, Glenna Penn; mother, Sherrill Medlin of Kingman; father, Glenn Medlin of Maggie Valley, N.C.; and Uncle Vern and Aunt Ila Albin of Kingman.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home on Sycamore.