Ronald Michael Kenny, 85, of Pelham passed away on December 13, 2023. His celebration of Life Service will be on January 12, 2024 at Charter Funeral Home from 12pm to 1:30pm. At 2pm a graveside service with Military honors will be conducted at the National Cemetery in Montevallo.
Mr. Kenny was born in Fulton, NY on March 25, 1938. He is the son of Paul and Esther Kenny, and was raised in Syracuse, NY. After graduating from Smith Technical High School in 1956 he was employed as a Draftsman in Syracuse until he enlisted in the Army in 1961. While station in Puerto Rico he met the love of his life Lillian Frances Marschke and they were married in April of 1963. After military service the couple moved to Boling Brook, IL were their two daughters Anna Marie and Cathleen Louise were born.
Mr. Kenny was employed at Automatic Electric a division of the General Telephone and Electronics Corporation (GTE) while in Illinois and was transferred to Huntsville, AL in 1969. In 1972 he took a job with Combustion Engineering and relocated his family to Pelham where he resided for 50 years.
He was a member of Hoover First United Methodist Church where he served on the board of Trustees. Mr. Kenny was a longtime member of the Cahaba Valley Elks Lodge BPOE # 1738 where he served as Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, and was elected Elk of the year. He drove a school bus for Oak Mountain Middle School in Shelby County for 20 years after retiring from his previous career. He will be missed by family and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Lillian, his parents, an infant daughter, Rhonda Michelle, two sisters, Sally and Marilyn, and three brothers, Richard, Gordon, and George.
Mr. Kenny is survived by his children Anna Marie Baker (Bill) and Cathleen Kenny Watson (Steve) and grandchildren Jarrod, Hunter, and Seth and one great-grandchild Grayson. He is survived by two brothers Paul and Bruce and several nieces and nephews that remember him fondly as Uncle Ronny.
“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others, and gave the best he had.”
Robert Louis Stevenson