Kenneth Clayton Gaddis
Kenneth Clayton Gaddis, 80, of Owensboro, passed away April 5, 2014, at the University of Louisville Hospital. Born in Owensboro, the son of the late Walter and Madra Hendricks Gaddis, Kenneth was a firefighter, a musician, and a businessman.
He retired after 36 years from the Owensboro Fire Department, where he had been the driver of Engine Number 1. A drummer and singer, he performed for many years with Kentucky Sunshine, an area country and western band. Mr. Gaddis served as a member of the Naval Reserve. His business interests included an asphalt company and a tile company. Kenneth loved fishing and the outdoors. His fondness for travel included cruises and month-long road trips. He served as a volunteer at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. His love of the University of Kentucky Wildcats went beyond avid and well on to rabid. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jean Gaddis and his sister Ann Cox.
Mr. Gaddis is survived by his children, Vicki Alvey and her husband, Autis, of Boonville, IN, Tim Gaddis and his wife, Paula, of Franklin, TN, and Doug Gaddis and his partner, Gary Begin, of Kensington, MD; his grandchildren, Matthew Gaddis, Meagan Emerson and her husband, Mike, and Samantha Ripple and her husband, Bruce; his great-grandchildren, Eli Emerson and Olivia Emerson; his loving companion Carrie Holland; his sister-in-law, Janie Robinson; his brother-in-law, Doug Robinson and his wife, Marilyn; and his life-long friend, Charlie Bellamy.
The funeral service for Mr. Gaddis will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, where visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy make take the form of contributions to the Goodfellows Club. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
900 Old Hartford Road Owensboro, KY 42303
Published in Courier Press on Apr. 11, 2014