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Kenneth “Kennie” Wood

May 29, 1923 - April 2, 2012

Kenneth "Kennie" Wood, age 88 of Kearney, Neb., formerly of Quinn, S.D., died Monday, April 2, 2012, at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney.
Kenneth Clark Wood was born May 29, 1923, in Sioux Falls. That year, his parents, Waldon Clark Wood and Olive Blanche (Adams) Wood, moved Kennie and his older sister, Maxine, north of Quinn to the place Waldon's parents (Wesley Clark Wood and Elizabeth Adelia (Herbert) Wood) had homesteaded in 1906 (now the northwest corner of Quinn Road and Wolf Road). The family later moved to the Winkler place and built a home there in 1928. Kennie grew up there and spent his elementary years at the Lake Hill country school, located about a half mile from the Wood family ranch. He graduated from Quinn High School in 1941.
Kennie married the love of his life, Aletha Maye Bryan (a 1941 graduate of Wall High School) on December 5, 1942, in Rapid City. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific arenas.
Kennie and Aletha raised their four children on the Wood family ranch where they raised the first Galloway cattle brought to the area by Waldon Wood. They built a new home in 1958 (where Mike and Anita Heathershaw now live).
Kennie and Aletha moved to Lexington, Neb., in November of 1976. He worked for Sperry New Holland, then Shotkoski Hay Company, until he retired in November of 2005 at the ripe old age of 82. He always had a horse nearby and enjoyed square dancing on horseback with the Plum Creekers. Kennie and Aletha moved to Kearney, Neb., in October of 2008.
Kennie was cherished by his children and grandchildren and loved by many friends and family. He made friends easily and often, including the doctors, nurses and staff who attended him in his later years. He always had a smile and usually, a song or two.
He was a member of the Methodist church, South Dakota Stockgrowers, VFW, American Legion, and enjoyed the time he spent with his roping clubs and horseback square dancing club.
Kennie was devoted to all his grandchildren, but his great-grandson, Keenan Charles White, who shares his great-grandfather's KCW initials, had his own special place in Kennie's heart.
Missing Kennie with great love are his wife, Aletha of Kearney; daughters, Jonny Winn-Holsether (Chuck) of Wall, Shirley (Ron) Huss of Kearney, and Carol (Steve) Walker of Kearney; grandchildren, Fr. Steven Thomlison of Lincoln, Neb., Shelly (Zach) White of Piedmont, Stacy Molai of Omaha, Neb., Sarah (Yinka) Akinyemi of Lincoln; and great-grandson, Keenan Charles White, of Piedmont. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Lyle Witt, and niece Jean (Tony) Hay of Rapid City. Kennie was also very devoted to his cousins in the Mins family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wesley Bryan Wood; his parents, Waldon and Blanche Wood; and a sister, Maxine Witt.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial Chapel in Kearney.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Ushers are Tracy and Tyler Trask. Pallbearers are Todd and Casey Trask, Tony Hay, Steve McDonnell, Garrett Bryan and Gallyn Wolf. Honorary pallbearers are Tom McDonnell, Lynn Williams, Woody Shelton, Lyle Witt, Don Mins and Bill Shotkoski. Those in memory: George and Jesse Bryan, Milton Trask, Fred Wolf, Elnoris Kjerstad, Marvin Anders, Lane Johsnton and Bill Walker.
Interment with military honors will be at the Wall Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com