Dr. Daniel Kemp didn't treat patients. He treated people.
"He was the kind of physician who spent time with his patients. He saw them as people and took the time to get to know them," his daughter said.
He also made house calls and accepted food as payment, she said.
Kemp, 87, died Saturday at his Omaha home from complications of esophageal cancer, said daughter Sandra Crites of Omaha.
He had a 30-year private practice in South Omaha, retiring in 1997. He also was a Union Pacific Railroad physician for 30 years, retiring in 2004.
Kemp, who attended Creighton University and Omaha University , got his medical degree in 1958 from the University of Nebraska.
During World War II, Kemp helped set up the Army's 165th General Hospital before the Battle of the Bulge. He then helped guard AWOL soldiers and served as a medic.
He was recalled to the Army for the Korean War, for which he trained medical troops before their transfer to Korea.
Kemp once told his family that his proudest accomplishment was being a member of the "Greatest Generation."
Crites said her father swam laps, hiked in the Rocky Mountains and ran twice in the Omaha Marathon.
"He had a really good sense of humor and liked to tease, but never in a cruel way," she said.
"He was really very actively involved in his grandchildren's lives," Crites said. He taught two granddaughters to drive and liked to take them shopping.
Barbara Burke Kemp preceded her husband in death. They were married 30 years.
Besides Dr. Kemp's daughter, other survivors include son Richard Kemp of Omaha; daughter Marcia Harrington of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be at noon Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St.
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