Kenneth Lemley Sr., 79

Kenneth L. Lemley Sr., 79, a resident of Churubusco, Ind., passed away Feb. 12, 2010, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind., following an extended illness.

Mr. Lemley was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Kalamazoo, a son of Harry harold and Caroline (Carpenter) Lemley, and spent his formative years in Marcellus.

As a young man he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Nov. 24, 1968, he married Donna Jean (Reynolds) Reno in Centreville. The couple lived in Centreville for a period before moving to Churubusco in 1985.

Employed as a concast worker with Essex Wire, he retired from there in 1992 after 30 years.

Surviving relatives included his wife, Donna Jean Lemley; three children, John (Sue) Lemley of Centreville, Kenneth Lemley Jr. of Churubusco, and Doris (Richard) Irwin of Centreville; a brother, Harold (Terri) Lemley of Allegan; a sister, Pat Palmer of Jenison; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Caroline “Toots” Berry.

At the request of Mr. Lemley, there will be no calling hours, and private family services will be held at a later date.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 636, Columbia City, IN 46724, or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

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