Christopher Kemp

  • Born: September 3, 1934
  • Died: March 23, 2014
  • Location:

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family


Dr. Christopher Kemp went on his last adventure March 23, 2014, from complications due to Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Kemp was professor emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO.

For his doctorial studies, Dr. Kemp did an extensive study on Native American Tribes. A few of the tribes were The Crow, Mescalero Apache, Navajo, Cheyenne and Blackfeet. At the time of Dr. Kemp's studies, he also was allowed to study at Taos Pueblo. At the time, he was only the 2nd Non Native American allowed to study at Taos Pueblo. Dr. Kemp also did extensive field work in Central America.

Dr. Kemp was a former member of the Army Green Berets Special Forces and Special Operations. He was a lifelong member of the Special Forces/Special Operations Associations. Dr. Kemp became an avid Martial Artist and instructor of Judo, Kendo and Jiu Jitsu.

Dr. Kemp was an amazing and brilliant man. He enjoyed an adventurous life not only through his actual travels and studies but also though reading and research.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Peri Kemp, two sisters, Marlene (Mike) Pener, Jackie (Jack) Bissell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sharon Lane Nursing Home for the wonderful care they gave him for ten years and Crossroads Hospice for their dedication to him these last 8 months.

There will be a Memorial Gathering, Saturday, April 5 from 1:00-3:00pm at Matt Ross Community Center 8101 Marty St. Overland Park, KS. Afterward there will be a private dispersing of the ashes.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Parkinson's Research, the Wounded Warrior Project or to Crossroads Hospice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our heartfelt condolences over the death of Dr. Kemp. May the good Lord watch over him. He will be sorely missed....

Posted by GM Frank Sanchez - Jacksonville, FL   October 27, 2014

I am grateful for the life of Dr. Kemp. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Posted by Bob - Grandview, MO - A grateful stranger   April 05, 2014

I am grateful for the life of Dr. Kemp. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Posted by Bob - Grandview, MO   April 05, 2014

Eldon and I are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts through this very tough time

Posted by Mary Jane Gorbet - Laurie, MO - friend   April 04, 2014

Dr Kemp was my Academic Advisor at NWMSU. We had a good time discussing Mayan culture and ruins in Mexico. We were a small group of advisees but we had a great time. Off to your next adventure, indeed!

Posted by Jami Swalm - Kansas City, KS   April 01, 2014