Kenyon Walling, KennebecKenyon William “Ken” Walling, 56, Kennebec, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Sanford Medical Center, Chamberlain.
Kenyon William “Ken” Walling, 56, Kennebec, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Sanford Medical Center, Chamberlain.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kennebec School Gymnasium. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Methodist Church, Kennebec, with a 5:30 p.m. prayer service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hickey Funeral Chapel, Chamberlain.
He was born on July 3, 1954, in Osage, Iowa, to Darrold and Alpha (Nack) Walling.
He attended two years in Orchard School and finished his remaining years at Osage Community School, graduating in 1973.
He joined the U.S. Navy following his graduation and was assigned to Fighter Squadron 32 at NAS Miramar, Calif. He was later transferred to NAS Oceana, Va., and toured Europe and the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS John F. Kennedy.
He received two letters of commendation.
He was honorably discharged in May 1977.
He returned to Orchard, Iowa.
He attended California State University, Chico, Calif., before transferring to University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he received his bachelor of arts degree.
He worked for Jacobson and Sons Construction, building grain elevators and storage facilities, as well as handling heavy equipment.
In May 1984, he came to Kennebec to work on the Farmers Union elevator.
He worked for the SCS and later full-time with Kennebec Telephone Company Inc., remaining there for more than 25 years.
In 2005, he earned his master’s of education degree from Lesley University, Cambridge, Ma.
He was a 25-plus year member of Kennebec Fire Department and served as the fire department secretary/treasurer, as well as a term as president of the Badland Fire District.
He was also a member of Johnson-Peterson American Legion Post No. 179 of Kennebec and Reliance.
On Aug. 27, 1988, he married Marilyn Whitney at United Methodist Church, Kennebec.
In 1999, he was awarded the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from Kennebec Town and Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Kendra; a son, Thomas; a sister, Darla Goodale and husband Jack, Stacyville, Iowa; a brother, Lon and wife Jean, Milroy, Minn.; his father, Lucan, Minn.; a stepsister, Sheila Couchman and husband Marty, Lawrence, Kan.; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Bob Whitney; Josie Schoenfelder and wife Curly; Grace Stiefvater and husband Ed; Connie Whitney and wife Wanda; Harriet Ginsback and husband Jim; and Betty Warlie and husband Jerry.
He was preceded in death by his mother, a brother, Dan; his stepmother, Marcella (Schleuger) Walling; his grandparents and a brother-in-law, Ronnie Whitney.
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