Kenneth Dean Oakleaf (1937 - 2019)

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Cheney Witt Funeral Chapel
201 S Main
Fort Scott, KS

Kenneth Dean Oakleaf, 81, Ft. Scott, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Country Place Senior Living in Ft. Scott.
Kenneth was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Red Oak, the son of Reuben Oakleaf and Nadine Fort Oakleaf. After graduating high school, Kenneth joined the U.S. Air Force. He served with the 551st Airborne stationed at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. While in the Air Force, he worked in electronics maintenance, which was used to patrol the entire east coast of the United States. He married Carol Ann Horner on Oct. 19, 1958, in Red Oak. They returned to Massachusetts and stayed there until Kenny was discharged from the Air Force in 1960 with the rank of Airman First Class.
Because of the skills he learned in the military, once he was discharged, he immediately began a career with A.T.&T. In 1967, because of his work, Ken and Carol moved from Iowa to Overland Park, Kan. When he retired in 1989, he had been serving as a project manager for the installation of underground fiber optic cable. In addition to working for A.T.&T., Ken also worked out of his home where he repaired televisions and other electronics. Ken and Carol moved to Ft. Scott in 2015 to be near family. In earlier years, he enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He was a member of the Community Covenant Church of Lenexa, Kan.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home; and three children, Lori Lovelace and her husband, Leroy Walker, and Daniel L. Oakleaf and his wife, Coree Oakleaf, all of Ft. Scott; and K. Douglas Oakleaf and his wife, Nina Harrison-Oakleaf, of Philadelphia, Penn.; eight grandchildren, Aaron, Kendal, Kara, Cadee, Joseph, Harold, Douglas and Tori; and four great-grandchildren, Karlee, Luna, Caleb and Neilha. Also surviving are a brother, David Oakleaf, of Red Oak; and two sisters, Barbara Hamernik, of Topeka, Kan.; and Linda Oakleaf, also of Red Oak.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Duane, Melvin and Darryl Oakleaf; and a sister, Glennis Carlson.
Pastor Trevor Jacobs conducted funeral services. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial followed in the U.S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to KVCY Broadcasting or the Hammond United Methodist Church, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at
Published in The Red Oak Express on Jan. 29, 2019
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