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February 24, 1933-November 12, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK A budding mechanical engineer came into this world on February 24, 1933, to William F. and Katie Kamp in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up in his family's grocery store, Kamp Brothers' Grocery and was delivering groceries at an early age. John was introduced to cars at an early age and became very interested in them. He loved to drive and also loved to work on his cars. He became an auto racing enthusiast attending his first Indianapolis 500 in the early 50's. He attended almost 50 Indianapolis 500 races most with friends Dan Keller, DeVan Sharbrough, and many other friends and family. When the Indianapolis track became home to the Brickyard 400, he also began attending them, and saw over 10 Brickyard 400 races. He also loved to watch racing of all kinds and introduced his sons to racing when they were young. He also liked boating and water skiing and spent many fun times at Lake Texoma and other nearby lakes. John also loved to sing, and he sang in his church choir for many years making many lifelong friends while singing with them. John graduated from high school at Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri, and then attended the University of Oklahoma. While at O.U., he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he also made lifelong friends. He earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Mechanical Engineering, and became a Professional Engineer. He spent his career as a Mechanical Engineer in many capacities including as a Consulting Engineer, a Sales Engineer, and finally as a civilian at Tinker Air Force Base working on government projects. John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother: William Kamp; and his sisters: Katherine Von Tungeln and Dorothy Parrish. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kamp, to whom he was married to in 1969. He is also survived by his children: Johnna Ainsworth, Ken Kamp, Randall Kamp and wife Linda Lisa Kamp, Charles Callahan and wife Anna May, and Leslie Riley. He also had nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He left us on November 12, 2013 and is now singing in God's wonderful choir. Services will be held at Church of the Savior on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Oklahoma Alzheimer Association.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 15, 2013
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