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Richard Jay Kenyon

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Richard Jay Kenyon

Mesa - Richard Jay Kenyon passed away peacefully on 9/5/18 at 86. Richard was born to Marie and Harry Kenyon on 4/23/32 in St. Charles, IL. Richard's sharp and intellectual mind led him to study electrical engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana from 1951- 1962 where he earned multiple degrees including a Ph.D. It was during his time at University, that he met and married the love of his life, Lois. B. Yardley in 1954. (He passed just days after their 64th wedding anniversary.) They would have two children, Vicki and Stephen. Due to Richard's sense of duty and commitment, he served his country as an Army captain before beginning his career in electrical engineering. His work on governmental projects would send him and his family traversing across the country from Pennsylvania to California. He worked for several companies until he retired in 2000 from Remec Magnum in San Jose, CA. After his retirement, he returned to Arizona to be with his family. Richard was a proud member of the United Church of Christ, both locally and nationally, serving on many boards and committees. His hobbies included classical music, theater, reading, religion and travel.

Richard Kenyon is loved by his surviving family members: wife- Lois Kenyon, brother- Robert (Judy), children- Vicki and Stephen (Kelly), grandchildren- Tony Brockway (Mary), Richard Brockway and Brooks Kenyon, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson and many nieces and nephews. His granddaughter, Lindsey Kenyon, preceded him in death. Richard was an honorable man with great integrity and true conviction. He was generous, respectable, hard-working and exceptionally intelligent. Richard had a gentle soul, a quick wit and was a champion of those who were less fortunate. He was the type of man that made this world a better place and will be deeply and immensely missed by his family and all that were blessed enough to have called him friend.

A memorial service will be held on Sat., 9/22 at 11AM at Desert Palm United Church of Christ- 1230 E. Guadalupe Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Hospice of the Valley or Desert Palm UCC.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 14, 2018
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