James Russell "George" Kemp, 76, Sheridan, passed away Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 at Majestic Care of Sheridan.

Born July 30, 1943 in Marion County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Russell B. and Carrie Opal (Wright) Kemp.

He attended Sheridan High School and honorably served his country as a soldier in the United States Army.

For many years Mr. Kemp worked for Waitt Farms. He loved helping Grover with the planting and harvesting, and assisting him with the horses. After a long hard day of work, you could usually find him resting in the shade of a tree out on the farm. He loved mushroom hunting and never turned down a bowl of chili and corn bread, a can of Pepsi, or an ice cold PBR.

Mr. Kemp was a 51-year member of the K.V. Elliott American Legion Post 67 in Sheridan. He loved everyone at the Legion and considered many of them part of his family.

Survivors include his cousins, Marcia (Raymond) Doty of Fortville, Louanna (Kenneth) Parr of Monroe, Wisc., and Denzil (Regina) Shoe of Westfield; nieces and nephews, Andrew, Kimberly and Melissa Dwiggins; his extended family, Lisa (Gary) Trump, Kathy (Bill) Small, Ashley Santasiero, Matt (Anne) Dollard, Andrew Dollard, Kenny Waitt and Kent Waitt; and by his Legion family, Renai King and Alan Brock.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia Louise Turpen; and by his aunt and uncle, Homer and Eva Wright.

A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will take place on his birthday, July 30, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Mr. Kemp will be laid to rest at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Harrell Wilson and Pastor Chad Fultz will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the K.V. Elliott American Legion Post 67 in Sheridan. The family would like to thank Majestic Care of Sheridan for the wonderful care and the love they provided him over the years.