Peterson Funeral Chapel
Aurora resident, 87 year old Kenneth Jennings passed away Saturday March 25, 2017, 5:30 AM in his home near Aurora.
Kenneth was born in rural Big Cabin, Oklahoma May 29,1929 to Howard Arthur Jennings (1897-1956) and Lydia Dean Jennings (1907- 1974). He was the oldest of four children. Leo Eugene Jennings (b. 1934), Carl Eddie Jennings (1936– 2007), and George Robert Jennings (b. 1940)
Preceded in death are his wife Bessie Olive Jennings (1929 - May 2016), his parents Howard and Lydia Jennings and brother Carl Jennings; Three step children Shirley Kay Nichols (1949-2013), Rodney James Harmon (1953- 2009) and Donald Ross Harmon (1954- 2001).
Surviving are, brothers Leo Jennings of Tuttle, OK, George Jennings, Marionville, MO, daughter Peggy Sue Williamson, rural Mt Vernon, MO, Stepchildren: Dennis Ray Harmon, Aurora, MO, Mary Beth Simpson, South Carolina; 2 grandchildren, Richard Jennings Brown and Samantha Brown, step granddaughter Johnna Kay Simmons and husband, Jim of Springfield, MO.; and 3 step-great-grandchildren, Brittney, Chris and Ashley Simmons.
Kenneth grew up in Big cabin, Oklahoma and graduated from Big Cabin High School in 1947. He served in the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953 at Camp Chafee, Fort Smith, Arkansas during the Korean War. His grandson Richard Jennings Brown is presently serving in the U.S. Marines.
Kenneth married Bessie Olive Johnson- Harmon August 8, 1958 in Aurora, Missouri; the marriage was performed by Kenneth’s Uncle Fred Cunningham, in Fred’s home.
Kenneth’s occupation was an aircraft sheet metal worker. After graduation from Big Cabin High School in 1947, he started working for Convair Aircraft in San Diego. He also worked in aircraft plants in Houston, Tulsa and Mc Donnell Aircraft in St Louis. He retired in 1988 and moved to rural Aurora, Missouri.
Kenneth has been a very moral and generous person, not a church goer, however he was Baptized in his home by Reverend Robert Elder on November 17, 2016. Kenneth became very fond of Robert and looked forward to his weekly in home visits. Kenneth also looked forward to his weekly checker games with Intrepid volunteer Mary Lou. Kenneth was an avid checker player, he won the Missouri State Championship several times in the 1970’s.
Kenneth loved animals of all kinds, wherever he lived he always had a variety of animals. Many people looked to Kenneth for advice on care of animals.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until service time in the funeral home.