Kenney Edward P. Kenney, 92, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Edward was preceded in death by his beloved Hazel, wife of 67 years. The U.S. Air Force stationed him in Whitehorse, Alaska during WWII. On their return to Ohio, Edward successfully owned various businesses beginning with a general store in Brandon, Ohio, and eventually becoming the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the country when he opened Kenney Chevrolet in Johnstown, Ohio. His dealership was recognized repeatedly by General Motors and Chevrolet as a model of success. He accumulated and displayed a complete Corvette collection which included at least one model from every year manufactured. He drove a new Corvette every year into his late eighties. He was C.E.O. and President of the Croton Bank Company (which is now known as the Heartland Bank) for many years. During this time the bank grew consistently while maintaining an A+ rating. He won a number of awards recognizing his capable leadership. Edward was involved in a lot of clubs and civic organizations and was often behind the scenes in community activity. He became a faithful member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church in 1952. He preferred to serve or to donate money anonymously. Many times he would see a need and help that person directly with college tuition, paying a bill, or simply buying groceries, swearing the recipient to secrecy. He enthusiastically traveled the world. Edward loved to visit Las Vegas and the horse tracks (aka the horse zoo) with his buddies. Edward is survived by a daughter, Susan and William Emery of Columbus; and three grandsons, William "Will", Edward "Ted", and George Emery. A memorial service will be held at the Johnstown United Methodist Church, 159 S. Main St., Johnstown, Ohio, 43031 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, officiated by Rev. John Wallace. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Donations in Edward's name may be made to the Johnstown United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 30 to July 5, 2013