William Kenneth "Kenny" Au, Jr.
MANSFIELD: William Kenneth "Kenny" Au, Jr., 77, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday August 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren by his side. Ken loved his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and especially his grandchildren. He leaves his family a legacy of strength and patience, a beautiful role model of a family man. His family includes his wife, Rosealene "Rosie" whom he married September 22, 1967; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Nicole Au of Mansfield; and grandchildren, Brock, Carter, and Reagan. He is also survived by his sisters, Luana Gregory of Crestline, Judy Au of Mansfield, and Jenne (Sanford) Williams of N. Ft. Myers, FL; brother, Jack (Lois) Au of Carrollton, OH; mother-in-law, Kate Berry; sister-in-law, Doylene (Tom) Johnson; nieces and nephews, Lori (Mike) Hicks, Brian (Lisa) Gregory, Billy (Cheryl) Gregory, Davie (Lisa) Martin, Ricky Martin, Angela (Shane) Birkhalz, Paula (Tadd) Hardy, Belinda (Korre) Boyer, Bryan Johnson, and Kristi (Brandon) Kline; aunts, Lona (Don) Perry and Georgetta Au; uncle, Dale Calhoon; several great nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends and a very special church family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William K. Au, Sr. and Nixola Pearl (Calhoon) Au; brother-in-laws, William Gregory and Donald Martin; nephew, Dean Gregory; father-in-law, Doyle Berry; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Jerry Blust.
Ken proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He was a hard and proud worker, employed by CPC General Motors
for 35+ years. He was a member of Little Washington Congregational Church, UAW 549, and lifetime member of the NRA. Ken loved country music and old westerns, especially John Wayne, Walker Texas Ranger, and Bonanza. He loved old cars and trucks and working on them. Ken really enjoyed going to car shows and spending time with his car buddies. He had a love for flea markets and garage sales, but first and foremost, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren and cherished the time they could all be together. He also had a special passion for animals as well as a strong dedication to youth. He provided positive guidance and enhanced life experiences for so many. Ken was not dependent on material possessions and he had a great respect for everyone. He so enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with his family and friends. In his earlier years, he enjoyed participating in power boat racing and traveling with his son to countless BMX races over the years. Ken always said "Life is short, life is precious, enjoy every moment." His secret to living was to enjoy every moment you have by enjoying the little things. "See you after school" He had a good faith with God and knew that God carried him.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield" Psalm 28.7
A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Little Washington Congregational Church, 2323 Washington South Rd., Mansfield conducted by Rev. David Root. Friends may call prior to the service from 1:00-3:30 at the church. Private burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University or Little Washington Congregational Church. Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of William Kenneth "Kenny" Au, Jr.
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