1932 - 2022
Mr. Gerald ‘Gerry’ Kemp passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor, Innisfail, Alberta on Monday, October 3, 2022 at the age of 90 years.
Gerry was born in Red Deer, Alberta on June 10, 1932, to Jack and Betty Kemp. In 1943, the family moved to start the family farm west of Innisfail. After taking his schooling in Innisfail, he attended the Olds School of Agriculture. This is where he met the love of his life, his wife of sixty-nine- and one-half years, Rita Archibald. They were married two years later, in 1953. As a team, they continued farming with his father and his brother.
Eventually, Gerry transitioned the farm into a Dairy and Grain Operation, milking approximately one hundred cows. Gerry was heavily involved with the community; especially co-operatives, and eventually became a director with the Federated Co-op. Gerry was known far and wide for his involvement in the community. Gerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Rita, his son, Rick (Wendy) of Innisfail, his daughter, Kerri (Ross) Towers of Red Deer, his daughter, Chris (Jim) Donner of Innisfail, and his son, Tim (Robin) of Victoria, his daughter, Debb (Roger) Peters of Valleyview, and his son, Owen (Joyce) of Innisfail, his fourteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. He will also be sadly missed by his brother, Bob (Bea) of Innisfail, and his sister, Jackie Hodges of Innisfail.
Gerry was predeceased by a sister, Peg (Buck) Hoffman. A Celebration of Gerry’s Life will be held at the Innisfail United Church, 4720 48 Ave. Innisfail, Alberta on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed at www.heartlandfuneralservices.com. Arrangements in care of: Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., 4415 – 49 Street, Innisfail, Alberta. Phone: 403.227.0006