William F. Kenney
William F. Kenney, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, retired, of Hampton Falls, N.H., passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at the age of 87 following a very brief illness. Bill was born in Carbondale on Sept. 5, 1929, and raised in Forty Fort. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and in 1950 married Janet M. Mitchell, his high school sweetheart whom he had known since the second grade. The Navy took Bill and Janet to many locations across the country before settling in Hampton Falls, N.H., in 1965. Following his 1970 Navy retirement, he enjoyed a second career of 25 years as a driver education instructor at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H. He was active in the local schools and community where he was a volunteer firefighter with the Hampton Falls Fire Department. He was a proud career Navy veteran, having enlisted at age 17 and retiring after 23 years of service as a Lieutenant Commander. During the course of his naval career, he was stationed on multiple ships and duty stations throughout the United States, ending with a tour at the Portsmouth Navy shipyard. He served over a year in-country in Vietnam during the height of the war and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V," the Navy Air Medal (five awards) and the Combat Action Ribbon. Bill was predeceased by Janet, his loving wife of more than 57 years. He leaves behind their seven children, Dr. Janice Jesse and her husband, Dr. Robert Jesse, Richmond, Va.; William F. Kenney Jr. and his wife, Alice Harrill, Charlotte, N.C.; Meredith Steele and her husband, Stewart, Norwell, Mass.; David B. Kenney and his wife, Barbara, Seabrook, N.H.; Stephen C. Kenney and his wife, Gwen, Exeter, N.H.; Priscilla Kenney and her husband, Dell McCoy, Aurora, Ill.; and Patricia Jancsy and her husband, Daniel, Durham, N.H. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and his dear friend, Jane Lynch, Hampton, N.H. We will miss you. Bravo Zulu. Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Remick and Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton, N.H. A private burial service is planned, with interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Hampton Falls, N.H., beside his beloved Janet. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA or the U.S. Navy Memorial. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bill's memorial website, to sign his tribute wall or for directions.
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