Barrett G. Kemp, 82

Barrett G. Kemp, 82, of 08304 Kruse Road, Wapakoneta, died at noon Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1932, in Dayton, the son of Barrett M. and Gladys (Linkhart) Kemp.

He first married Patricia Picard, and she preceded him in death; he then married Shirley Glass McEvoy and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his two children, Becky (Ed) Harruff of New Bremen and Barrett G. “Buz” Kemp II of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He is survived by two grandchildren, Lydia Ray and Bart Kemp, by three great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister, Janet Wills of Dayton and a brother, Merle “Skip” Kemp of Danville, Calif. He is also survived by two stepdaughters, Jayne Fahncke of Miamisburg, Lori Morris of St. Marys. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Barry Mancz of Kettering.

He was preceded in death by is parents, by his two wives and by a sister, Shirley Mancz.

Mr. Kemp graduated from Oakwood High School in 1950. He graduated from Ohio University in 1954 and graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1959. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1959.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served as an military intelligence agent at the 5th Army Headquarters from 1954-59. He then served as an FBI agent from 1959-61. He has practiced law in St. Marys, since 1961. He was the former law director for the city of St. Marys.

 He was a member of the St. Marys Community Improvement Corporation and was a founding member of the St. Marys Sister Cities, Inc. He was a member and past president of the St. Marys Rotary Club and the St. Marys Outing Club (Idlewild).

He was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys, where he had served as the treasurer of the Endowment Fund; was a trustee and deacon of the church, and an adult Sunday school teacher.

Funeral rites will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys, the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray, officiant.

Military committal rites will be offered by American Legion Post 323 and VFW Post 9289 at the church on Tuesday.

Private family burial rites will he held at a later date.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where memorial gifts may be given to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Kemp’s family via

Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.