Kenton Neil Kennard passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010, in Fallbrook, Calif. He was the son of Earl and Emma (Keller) Kennard of Greenville, Ohio and was born on September 13, 1929.
Neil was a keen athlete at Greenville High School, playing fullback on the football team. After high school, Neil enlisted in the Army and played trombone in the Fort Lewis Marching Band. After a brief stint at San Diego State College, he was recalled to military duty and sent to Korea. Neil was captured after being wounded and was held as a prisoner until rescued by the American forces.
Following his discharge from the military, Neil met his wife Dorothy in Needles, Calif., where he worked for the California Pacific Utilities Company. They moved to Fallbrook in 1970 where he started a tax and bookkeeping service.
In recent years, Neil attended the Vista POW Support Group where he met with other veterans who had similar experiences. He returned to Japan and Korea for the first time for his 75th birthday, one of the many trips that he enjoyed.
Neil is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 58 years; his children, Melissa (Larry), David (Janet), Katherine (Bob), John (Inna); his five grandchildren, Sean, Liane, Haley, Evan and Anna, who were constant sources of happiness to Neil; and his many relatives and friends who will greatly miss his humor and unfailing optimism.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held on June 11, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.