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Merrill J. “MJ” Kemp, age 91, of Salem, passed away Saturday, January 16 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Mr. Kemp was born May 3, 1929, in Leavenworth, Indiana the son of Estell and Ola May Bills Kemp. 

He was a 1948 graduate of Salem High School. 

He was a retired employee of the old Charlestown Powder Plant and a member of Southern Hills Church and a Navy veteran.

MJ is survived by his wife:  June Hottle Rudder Kemp, two daughters:  Linda Kemp of New Mexico and Brenda Kemp of Shelbyville, Kentucky, a sister:  Norma Cruise (Jerry) of New Albany, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife:  Martha Woods Kemp on July 19, 2017, a son:  Merrill J. Kemp, Jr., a daughter:  Clara Thomas, and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 6 PM at Weathers Funeral Home.  A private burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5 PM until the time of service.

Due to Covid restrictions, only 25 will be allowed in the funeral home at one time for visitation, and masks are required to be worn at all times