Eugene “Gene” Kenney, 91, of Pataskala, formerly of Buckeye Lake, passed away May 27, 2016, at Tuscany Gardens.
Gene was a 1942 graduate of South High School in Columbus. He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. New York BB-34. He worked for the Columbus Bank Note Company and retired from the Columbus Dispatch. Gene was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Thornville, the Baltimore V.F.W. Post 3761, Baltimore Lodge #475 – F&AM, Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, Buckeye Lake Historical Society, and the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed yearly fishing trips to Canada with his family.
Gene is survived by his children, Thomas Lee (Terry) Kenney of Brisbane, Australia, Nancy (Bill) Gruezke of Lancaster, Steve (Bev) Kenney of Baltimore, and Connie (Kevin) Walsh of Baltimore; grandchildren, Marc, Paula, Nate, Erin, Taylor, Rian, Kaleigh, Kathleen, and Kyle; 11 great grandchildren; and brother, Don (Betty) Kenney of Florida.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Kenney; parents, Merl and Flo Kenney; and siblings, Pauline Taylor, Phyllis Snider, Jerry Kenney, and Alice Merz.
Funeral service for Gene was held May 31, 2016, at Trinity United Church of Christ, Thornville, with Pastor Leslie Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Lutheran Reformed Cemetery, Thornville. Arrangements through the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home, Baltimore.
A special thank you to Nicole and the staff at Tridia Hospice and the nurses, aides, and staff at Tuscany Gardens for the wonderful care they provided Gene.
Memorial donations may be made to Tridia Hospice, 2215 Citygate Drive Suite E, Columbus, Ohio 43219 or Trinity United Church of Christ. Online condolences can be made at www.funeralhome.com