Richard J. Kemp, 22

Richard J. Kemp, 22, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

He was born in Milwaukee, raised in Jackson and graduated from West Bend East High School in 2006. He then attended a year of schooling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering before entering the U.S. Army in June of 2008. Richard was a 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do thru Dukatz Academy and enjoyed camping, hiking, backpacking and running.

Specialist Richard James Kemp was assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Kemp was deployed twice to Iraq in support of the War on Terror. Kemp completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman and attended the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Course, all at Fort Benning, before being assigned to Company D, 2nd Bn., 75th Rgr. Rgt., as a rifleman. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program. Much of Ranger Kempís deployments and military service are of a sensitive nature and the details will remain classified.

His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantrymanís Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

As a Ranger, Specialist Kemp selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Armyís premier light-infantry unit, continuously deployed in support of the War on Terror, and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

Richard is survived by his parents, Richard and Phyllis Kemp; his siblings, Joshua, Emily (Ryan Kraemer) and Zachary; his grandmother, Geneva Lee; grandfather, Richard Kemp; uncle, Mark (Pauline) Kemp; aunts, Kathy Guidi and Cindy Walden; cousins, Sarah Lenz, David Walden, Brian Kemp, Christin Griswold, Connie Place and David Guidi; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jean Kemp; and great-grandmother, Clovis Warner.

Funeral Services will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Northbrook Church, 4017 Highway 167 in Richfield, with the Rev. Major Derrick Murray officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 28, at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Northbrook Church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial with full military honors will follow at Washington Co. Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.