Emmett Joseph Kitchen Sr., 68, a retired D.C. policeman and a former employee of the U.S. Senate who was active in Masonic Organizations, died of cancer Tuesday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis.

Mr. Kitchen was D.C. policeman for 23 years before retiring in 1965. He then worked as a special assistant to the Seargent at Arms of the U.S. Senate before retiring a second time last year.

He was born in Ettrick, Va., and moved to the Washington area with his family at an early age. He lived in Suitland before moving to his summer house in Shady Side, Md., 20 years ago.

Mr. Kitchen was a founder and a charter member of the Bayside Masonic club in Shady Side. He was a charter member of the Bayside Masonic Lodge No. 232, a member of the Naval Masonic Lodge No. 4 in Washington and a past patron and charter member of the Bayside Chapter No. 114 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include his wife, Marietta F., and four children, Nancy C. Bryant, Darlene Beitzel and Dennis W. and David Kitchen, all of Shady Side; another son, Emmett J. Jr., of Burtonsville; a brother, Raymond Kitchen, and a sister, Virginia Harrison, both of Petersburg, Va., nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.