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Kenneth Wernette


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Kenneth Wernette Obituary
Kenneth Wernette, 68, of Firth, Idaho passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Bingham Memorial Hospital from sudden complications brought on by lung cancer.
He was born May 3, 1949 in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Florian and Opal Wernette. He grew up and attended schools in Firth but, due to his rambunctious ways, finished out his senior year at Blackfoot High School. He went on to ISU and obtained his certification in diesel mechanics.
Ken started working the family ranch in Firth at a young age and spent much of his time tending to cattle and the harvest while other boys were playing. His father taught him to work while the sun was up (and then some) and to put his family first. Ken had a love for cars and spent most of his life tinkering with various vehicles to make them as fast as possible. During high school he made extra cash by fixing up and selling the cars he didn't want while racing the ones that met his speed demands. He excelled at this hobby and belonged to the Spinstrels car club and was a sponsored drag racer. His Biscayne and Chevelle are still topics of discussion to this day.
In 1970 he married the love of his life, Olivia Torres, and they made their home in Firth on the family farm. In 1971 they became proud parents with the birth of their first son, Kenneth Jr. Later down the road Ken and Olivia welcomed another son, Florian, and a daughter, Jovita. Ken and Olivia spent many years camping, snowmobiling, fishing and spending time with their family. He served for over 20 years on the Bingham County Soil Conservation Board and he proudly started Wernette Trucking in 1991. Ken farmed and ranched until his "retirement" in 2015. He always made his family his first priority and spent his life being the best husband, father and grandfather that he could be.
Justin, Jessica, Audric, Devin, Jayden and Heaven are all blessed and proud to know Ken as Grandpa. Once his children were grown he took a turn at spoiling all of his grandchildren. If he wasn't taking them camping or fishing, lying down with little ones for naps, or making homemade scones for breakfast, he was making a mess in Olivia's kitchen while the whole troop made jerky and smoked fish on the weekends. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors, especially when it was spent with his family.
Even with all the time he spent with his family, Ken always made time to help out others when needed. From plowing out neighbors in the winter to helping lost cattle find their home in the summer, he spent countless hours making sure friends and family were taken care of and never passed up an opportunity to help out. With all he accomplished in a day he still was able to stop by the local watering hole often to wash the dust from a hard day's work down with a cold Coors Light, after buying everyone else a round of course. He truly was a remarkable man whose boots will never be filled.
He is survived by his wife, Olivia of Firth; son, Florian (Rocio) Wernette of Idaho Falls, daughter, Jovita (Paul) Velasquez of Firth; brother, Richard (Debbie) Wernette of Walla Walla, WA; sisters, Marie (Steve) Fairchild of Pocatello, ID and June (Dave) Douglas of Spokane, WA; six grandkids and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Kenneth Jr.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. The family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018 at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 15, 2018
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