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In Obituaries by Reporter News

Kenneth Mervin Camp, 83, of Friendswood, TX passed away from his earthly home to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 3, 2015.  He was born June 14, 1932 to Mervin John Camp and Mary Blass Camp in Locust Township, Columbia County, PA. He graduated from Catawissa High School in Catawissa, PA in 1950.  He attended college in Bloomsburg, PA for two years before joining the United States Air Force in 1953 which brought him to Texas.  While stationed at James Connally AFB in Waco, TX he went on a blind date and met his wife, Letha Maples.  They were married in 1955 and celebrated 60 years together this year. Kenneth graduated from Baylor University in 1958. 
Kenneth and Letha decided to build their house in Friendswood in 1959 where they soon became very active in the community.  They joined the First Baptist Church in 1959 where Kenneth served various roles from Sunday School teacher, Music Director, Church treasurer, Deacon and Deacon Emeritus.  Kenneth started volunteering with the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years until his retirement.  He served as a Firefighter, Asst. Fire Chief, EMT, EMS Captain, President, Treasurer and Civil Defense Director for the City. 
Kenneth was elected as Alderman to the first City Council in 1961 and then elected as the City of Friendswood’s second Mayor in 1962.  In 1965, he worked with many other volunteers to raise money to build the first city hall, which they all built together.
Kenneth served the United States Air Force for 35 years retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Kenneth worked as a High Rise property Senior Manager for over 30 years with Property Management Systems in Houston.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Mervin and Mary Camp, and his brother John L. Camp.
He is survived by his wife Letha; daughter Lisa Camp and husband Andrew Chalk; son Kevin Camp and wife Deborah; grandchildren, Sydney, Madelynn (fiancé Grady Henson) and Ryan.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department, 1000 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Camp family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
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