Kenneth Raymond Fennell
1960 - 2012
BETHESDA, MD- Kenneth Raymond Fennell died at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on December 24, 2012 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
A memorial service was held on January 3, 2013 at Luther Place Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. A military burial will be March 22, 2013 in Arlington National Cemetery.
Fennell, a 1978 graduate of Southwest High School, attended Valdosta State College, and graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was a member of the United States Navy from 1981-1988 and 2002 until his death. While in the Navy, he served with the Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, V.A., the Navy Band Guam, the Navy Band Charleston, S.C. the Navy Band Northeast in Newport R.I., and the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and joined the band's public affairs office in 2009.
He spent six years with the Cruisers music group, traveling with them on their first national tour. Fennell performed for military and civilian dignitaries as a featured soloist at concerts in the Washington area. He deployed twice, performing in South America and Africa. He also had his own recording studio Kenfen Productions.
He is survived by his wife Bridgit, two children, John Christian and Emily all of Baltimore, Maryland, his parents J. C. and Barbara Fennell of Gray, Georgia, brothers Henry Bowden (Dru) of Washington, D.C., Steve (Pam) Bowden of Lilburn, Georgia, sisters Suzann (Ricky) Smith of Macon, Georgia, Jamie (Steve) Lewandowski of Gray, Georgia, several nieces and nephews.
Donations in his memory can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org, or to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse. org.
Published in The Telegraph on Jan. 17, 2013