Kenneth Amon Gentry was born August 17, 1941 in Dora, Missouri. He passed away at his home in Parma, Idaho on March 3, 2021.
When Kenneth was 5 years old, he and his family moved from Missouri to Idaho. He attended school in Wilder, Idaho. He worked on a large ranch in the Owyhee’s during his teenage years.
He joined the Air Force and went through Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was later based out of Chicago, Illinois. Kenneth married and had two children, Kritina and Ken. He and his first wife divorced a short time later. He was stationed overseas in Korea for part of his 4 year service in the Air Force.
Kenneth met Sandra Joyce Rochester in 1964, while in Arizona. They were married on June 25, 1965. They moved to Idaho 3 months later. After a short time in Idaho, they moved to Roseburg, Oregon where they welcomed their first son, Little Kenny in 1967.
Two years later they moved to San Antonio, Texas and welcomed their second son, Sheldon in 1969 and their third son, Guy in 1971. In 1972, the family moved back to Idaho to be near family. Tom was born in 1975 and Chuck was born in 1976. On their first night back in Idaho, Kenneth went to work with his father at midnight on the graveyard shift at the Amalgamated Sugar Company in Nyssa, Oregon. They hired him on the spot. Kenneth worked there for over 30 years. He retired in 2002.
Kenneth loved his family! He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He loved God. He loved hard work. He loved a project that needed fixing. He loved to dance. He loved being a Cowboy! He LOVED Sandra!
Kenneth was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed being outside hunting, fishing, camping, riding horses, gardening and playing with his grandkids. Kenneth and Sandra loved to be together, whether it was work or play. They loved to travel. They had an “Annual Grandkids Camping Trip” every summer for years. Just the two of them and all the grandkids. No Parents Allowed! Some years, they would have as many as 13 grandkids between the ages of 1 and 14. Kenneth was an amazing Grandpa! His grandkids all knew how special they were to him. They all believe to this day, that they are his favorite! He was a Grandpa to everyone! He was kind! He had a way of making anyone and everyone feel special when they were around him. He gave simple, powerful advice! He gave the best hugs. Kenneth had an amazing gift of fixing things. He had the ability to use what he had on hand. He could repair anything without spending a dime on new parts! He spent years horseback riding. He went on pack trips in the Owyhee’s and loved riding with his boys and grandkids. He rode until he couldn’t anymore.
Kenneth and Sandra were married for 56 years. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Sandra. His children, Ken, Kritina, Kenny (Melissa), Guy (Danielle), Tom, Chuck (Suzanne), daughter-in-law Patsy Story (Gregg), 30 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, his sister Margaret (Darryll), his brother Glen and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters, his son Sheldon and his grandson Dallas.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Parma School District Multi- Purpose Room. All are welcome.
A memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Parma Elementary School multi purpose room. Condolences may be shared with the family and a full obituary may be read at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
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