March 24, 1928 - Oct 28, 2012 CALUMET Mr. James LeRoy Kenney, age 84, of Calumet, OK, passed away on October 28, 2012, with his loving family by his side. LeRoy was born on March 24, 1928, in El Reno, OK to Juanita Beecham Kenney and Harry Kenney. LeRoy grew up in the El Reno - Calumet area. On November 25, 1949, he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Martha Myers, of El Reno. Shortly after their marriage, LeRoy began working as a Roughneck, eventually working his way to Operations Manager for Big Chief Drilling Company. He was active in his profession for 37 years. His association with the oil/gas fields took Martha and him on many adventures all over the United States and even two years in Bolivia, South America. From this loving union came two sons, Jeffery Lynn Kenney and Randall Lee Kenney.LeRoy served his community in numerous ways. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #743 of El Reno, serving as the Exalted Ruler for several years. His Operations Manager duties allowed Martha and him to return to the Calumet area, where they have resided for the last 38 years. He enjoyed telling his boys and family about his younger days on his family farm not far from Martha's family farm, where they built their home.LeRoy was preceded in death by his Mom and Dad; brothers, Bob and Kenneth; and sister, Wilma.He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; sons: Jeff and family, of Bethany, OK; and Randy and family, of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. He has four grandsons, Jerred, Matt, Jody and Pop Kenney; and four great-grandsons. He also leaves many relatives and friends. A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held on Friday, November 2nd at 10 a.m. in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in El Reno. Rev. Ronnie Fields, Pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to El Reno Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 879, El Reno, OK 73036; or to the First Christian Church Ministry, 400 S Barker Ave, El Reno, OK 73036.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 31, 2012