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Orren Kemp

Friday, November 26, 2004

Orren Kemp, 94, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.

Louis Orren Kemp was born Jan. 16, 1910, in Windom, Minn., the son of Louis and Effie (Van Dusen) Kemp. He grew up in the Remsen area and attended country schools and Le Mars Central High School. As a young man, he worked on the family farms.

Orren was united in marriage to Leona Christopherson on July 26, 1934, in Remsen. He attended school for diesel engineering in California and later returned to Remsen to work as a hired hand on various farms in Plymouth and Cherokee Counties. He moved his family to Marcus when he began working for Lundell Manufacturing.

In 1966, the family moved to Le Mars and he worked as a truck driver for various companies. He loved being on the road and truly enjoyed the people he met. He retired in 1975.

Orren was an avid bowler and continued to bowl until four years ago. Many nights and weekends he spent watching baseball gams and his favorite team was the Chicago Cubs. In retirement, he worked in carpentry and wood craft and became an expert with crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his daughter Carol and her husband, Hugh Boylan, of Le Mars; a sister, Eunice Caffee of Inyokern, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Berquist of Sioux City and Frances Church of Council Bluffs; four grandchildren, Christie Graettinger and her husband, Tim, Wendy Boylan, Julie Arens and her husband, Chris, and Scott Boylan and his wife, Mona; his great-grandchildren, Tully Sanem, Joshua Hofland, Logan and Dylan Boylan, Alec and Carter Arens; a great-grandchild, Ali Zier; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, and a sister, Lois Treinen.

Inurnment services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Following the services, family and friends will gather at Carlsen Funeral Home for a time of lunch and fellowship.