Alvin W. Kamp, 94, of Jackson, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born March 8, 1918, at Tilsit, Mo., to William and Bertha Pensel Kamp. He and Rada Lou Miller Fronabarger were married December 19, 1958.
Alvin was a graduate of Jackson High School and had the honor of being the first Eagle Scout in Jackson.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps on November 11, 1942, and attained the rank of Sergeant. He served in China, India, and Tinian Island in the Pacific as a mechanic on a B-29 Superfortress bomber. He was honorably discharged December 10, 1945, receiving five bronze battle stars.
He was a projectionist at the former Palace Theatre and the former Jackson Drive-In Theatre. He worked 37 years as a machinist at the former Jackson Hosiery Plant, and 11 years at the former Lenco, Inc., now Lenco Electronics, retiring July 1, 1988.
Alvin had many hobbies including photography; lapidary, which is the art of grinding and polishing semi-precious stones; and traveling extensively world-wide.
He was a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, and a charter member of the former Jackson Camera Club.
Loving survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rada Lou Kamp of Jackson; a daughter, Deborah (John) Clifton of Cape Girardeau; stepson, Lee Miller Fronabarger of Carbondale, Ill; two grandchildren, Scott (Katherine) Clifton of Naperville, Ill., Chris (Karla) Clifton of Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Morgan (Steve) Pacheco of Naperville, Anthony (Felicity) Clifton of Romford, UK; and a great-great-grandson, Lucas Pacheco.
Also surviving is a nephew, Rodney (Jan) Miller of Millersville; a niece, Greta (Bill) Myers of Willow Springs, Mo.; two great-nephews, Blaine (Ann Marie) Miller of Jackson, Branden (Karen) Miller of Franklin, Tenn; three great-nieces, Celeste Myers of Jackson, Jessica Myers of Houston, Tex, and Kirsten Myers of New York, NY; and five great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers.
Friends may call Monday, April 9, from 4 to 8 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, April 10, at 10 AM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Daniel Hale officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association or First Baptist Church of Millersville.