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In Memoriam

William Scott Kemerling

A Lancer out of sight
Never out of mind

We regret to inform all of the Alumni and the class of 1967 that Bill Kemerling died Friday March 22, 2013.



William Scott Kemerling of Garden Valley, Idaho, and Felton, Del., died on Friday, March 22, 2013 at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 63 years.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1949, in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of William (Billy) Earle Kemerling and Joan (Fowler) Kemerling.
He is survived by his wife Sheryl McAlpin Kemerling of Garden Valley, Idaho, three children and their spouses, and eleven grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Deidre Jill (Kemerling) Northup, of Springfield, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents.

His children and grandchildren are: William Erik Kemerling and wife, Kristin Diane (Boyd) Kemerling, and children: Lauren Suzanne, Annabelle Jennings, William "Quinn," and Levi Robert all of Greenwood, Ind.

Tabitha Jayne (Kemerling) Rowedder and husband, Ryan Todd Rowedder and children: Rocky Scott, Abigail Jayne, Madeline Jade, Wyatt James, and William "Titus" all of Boise, Idaho.

Carrie Beth (Kemerling) Lambert and her husband Major Sean Walter Lambert and children: William Charles "Liam," and Sophia Elizabeth all of Bogota, Colombia.
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive.

Scott and wife, Sheryl, were 1970 graduates of Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. They were married on Dec. 22, 1970, in Newmarket, Iowa. The September before their wedding, Scott was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.

In 1973, they moved to Fort Rucker, Ala., to attend the U.S. Army Aviation Center where their son, William Erik, was born and Scott was the distinguished graduate of his class. He became an Aerospace Rescue and Recovery pilot and lived by rescue motto, "So That Others May Live".

His first duty station after flight school was to Tyndall AFB, Florida to fly the Sikorsky H-3 "Jolly Green Giant" for the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing. Their first daughter Tabitha Jayne was born at Tyndall AFB. While at Tyndall AFB, Scott was awarded the Airman's Medal (the Air Force's highest non­combat heroism award) for entering the burning wreckage of a B-57 Canberra in the Florida swamp, removing the pilot, and securing him to the helicopter hoist.

His next duty assignment was to the 56th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron in Keflavik, Iceland, where he flew the Sikorsky H-3 "Jolly Green Giant", and then to San Diego, Calif., to fly the Sikorsky HH-3F "Pelican" for the US Coast Guard Group San Diego. San Diego is the birthplace of their second daughter, Carrie Beth.

Scott then returned to Andrews Air Force base to fly the UH-1N "Huey" for the 1st Helicopter Squadron providing airlift for the executive branch and other dignitaries. Next, Scott commanded Detachment 1 of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB providing rescue and recovery service for southern Arizona.

Following his command, Scott was stationed as an operations officer in Ramstein, Germany, then assigned as an executive officer to the 436th Supply Squadron at Dover AFB, Del. There he retired from the Air Force having attained the rank of Major.

Scott then taught mathematics and physical science at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, Del., for one year. Next, he taught biology, chemistry, and physical science, at Polytech High School, in Woodside, Del., for five years. As a teacher at Polytech High School, he received Teacher of the Year honors. While at Polytech High School, he was promoted to Vice Principal, Principal, and finally Superintendent of Curriculum. In 1997, he graduated from Regent University with a master's degree in Educational Leadership.

In 1999, he was the founding principal of Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, Del. He led the school for achieving accreditation through both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The school enrolled 27 students in his first year as Principal and approximately 200 in his final year as Principal.
As hobbies, he enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, and reading. He restored a house at Prime Hook Beach, Del., and enjoyed working on their house in Garden Valley, Idaho. He enjoyed all sports, playing baseball in high school and football in college. He liked boating and waterskiing with his family. He maintained his civilian helicopter license and loved flying the Robinson R-22. He was member of The Gideon's International and a Pro-Life activist.

The Memorial Service was at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise, Idaho. The graveside service was performed at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.