The Rev. Philip J. Kemper, 91, of York, Pa.

The Rev. Philip J. Kemper, 91, of York, Pa., died Monday, April 14, 2014, in York.

He was the son of the late George E. and Orpha L. Orndorff Kemper. He was the husband of Lucille E. Burdick Kemper, his wife of 68 years.


He was a graduate of Columbia Bible College in Columbia, S.C.; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas; and Texas-Wesleyan College in Ft. Worth.

He was a United Methodist minister for 27 years, retiring in 1992 from the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, from which he was a member. He pastored in Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties and was a former Baptist Minister in Maryland and Pennsylvania for 22 years. He founded Seven Valleys Baptist Church and Oak View Baptist Church in Glenville, Pa., and Westminster Baptist Church. He also prepared income taxes for 34 years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Ruth K. Michael and husband Gene, of Pueblo, Colo., Mary K. Gearhart and husband Henry, of Blakeslee, Pa., Ann L. Kemper, of York, and Catherine K. Fronck, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; sisters Theo F. Evans, of Windsor, Pa., and Margaret K. Sheffer, of York; a brother, Paul J. Kemper, of Glen Rock; four granddaughters; one step-grandson; and five great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by sisters Lillie M. Martin and Mabel K. Shearer.

Friends may call from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Friday at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, multi-purpose room, 1700 Normandie Drive, York.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 N. Second St., New Freedom, Pa., with the Rev. David Brinker and the Rev. Dennis McCleary officiating. Interment will be in New Freedom Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a church or charity of your choice.

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