Kenneth Leone, 90 of Shawnee passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019. He was born April 13th, 1928 to Joe and Elizabeth Leone in Phillips, Oklahoma.
He was raised in Phillips and Coalgate, Oklahoma.
Kenneth met and dated Doris Paris for 3 years before marrying on April 11, 1948 in Bonham, Texas. They began their family in Coalgate, Oklahoma, lived several places before moving to Shawnee and have lived in Shawnee for the past 60 years.
Kenneth retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1991. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing and camping at the lake. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Kenneth is survived by his daughter Sharon Leone, son and daughter in law John and Pam Leone, son Kenny and daughter in law Tina Leone all of Shawnee, daughter Barbara and son in law William Justice of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 7 great- great grandchildren, brother and sister in law Joe and Bette Leone, sister and brother in law Mary and George Noll, sister Doris Rufenacht, sister in law Edith McCauley, special niece and husband Sandy and Raymond Hopkins and many other nieces and nephews and special friends Tom Willoughby, James Alderson, and Sibble Warden.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, of 67 years; his parents, sister Dorothy Leone, brother in laws Curtis McCauley, Kirk Rufenacht and nephews Stephen and Mike Leone and Jimmy McCauley.
Pall Bearers are grandsons Jamie, Josh, Joey, Dax and Chad Leone and Carter Justice. Honorary Pall Bearers are James Redding and Dr. Alex Simpson.
Special thanks to Dr. Gaynell Anderson, Colonial Skilled Rehab Center staff, and Loving Care Hospice Staff.
Visitation for Kenneth will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh. Rosary Services for Kenneth will be 7:00 p.m., Sunday evening, March 31, 2019 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Shawnee. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2019 at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
The family has deemed St. Jude’s Children Hospital as appropriate for memorials in Kenneth’s name: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.