Keith Kemsley

December 31, 1964 - February 15, 2018

Obituary for Keith Kemsley

Keith Pardee Kemsley, of Mebane, NC (originally of Davison, MI) passed away on February 15, 2018 at the age of 53. He was a loving father, and an all around laid back guy. He was also a US Army veteran, and served from 1983-1995. During his service he was deployed in Operation Freedom and Desert Storm. After leaving the military, Keith worked as a calibrations specialist.

He was extremely passionate about disc golf, and very active in the disc golf community. He loved watching the Detroit Lions play, and listening to classic rock music. Keith was an avid reader, and also loved animals, especially dogs.

He is survived by his children, Emily (Brandon) Moyer, and Scott Kemsley; his mother, Margaret Frelander; His sisters Karen (James) Grossman, and Kristine (Robert) McCarthy, as well as his nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his step-father, Norman Frelander. The funeral will take place at Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh, NC on February 21, 2018 at 11am. The family will be celebrating his life at his daughters home later that evening.

"If love could've saved you, you would've lived forever"



Celebration of Life Service

11:00 AM
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
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i'm so sorry for your loss, i played with keith a few times, he will be missed....
- doug welsh
Keith and I were great friends during our late elementary and Junior High years. We walked to school together just about every day and we were constantly hanging out after school. In the summer we rode our bikes all over Davison and beyond and the conversation would seemingly drift to the previous days Detroit Tiger baseball game and the latest late night rerun of The Twilight Zone. Together we played just about every game and sport imaginable. We spent countless hours racing boats and beer cans down the Black Creek and it was almost a given that we would sneak out in the middle of the night during one of our backyard camping adventures to get a warm donut at the bakery. Keith was very smart and was placed in the upper math and English classes at school and in 6th grade I remember he came in third place in the county spelling bee. (He went out on the word tobacco and his Mom kidded him about this). Our last meaningful conversation came a few years ago through facebook when he rubbed it in that he got the winning hit against my team in a playoff game in little league. I told him that remembered and I was glad that it was him that got the winning hit. He thanked me and said that meant a lot. My memories and stories could go on for hours and I will relive those times in the next days, months and years to come. His friendship will always be a part of me. Rest in Peace . Joe Buysse
- Joe Buysse
A memory I will never forget is traveling out west with my dad and Margret sitting in the front seat of a Volkswagen truck and Keith and I sitting in back of the pickup. It was in the summer, hot, no air conditioning just little vents from the window with camping gear all around us. Looking back, I wouldnt change a thing. I love you Margret. My condolences to his children and his sisters, Karen and her family and Kris and her family as well. Love you all Janet (Frelander) Driesenga
- janet driesenga
To: Margret, Karen, Kris, and family of Keith, It is devastating to learn of Keiths passing. May he have eternal peace. I remember fondly the times we spent together as children. Thinking back, I cant remember a single time Keith was ever mean or teasing us. He was such a kind, smart, thoughtful, and gentle soul. I was always impressed how he served our country as an adult, and about his work in measurements and standards something he taught me a bit about. I shall never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and with you at this sad time. Jonathan Farr and Family (cousin of Keith)
- Jonathan Farr
I met Keith through the disc golf community in Zebulon several years back, and if Keith was in my group, we were able to share a few laughs. My Condolences to Keith's family, he was so young... rest in Peace good sir.
- Michael Kirsch

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