Kenneth Honse (Veteran)

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Mr. Kenneth L. Honse, age 74 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on April 3, 1937, in Vienna, Mo., a son of Willard and Lucy Ragan Honse. He was married on November 2, 1957, in Maplewood, Mo., to Anita Branson, who survives at their home. Kenny was a 1954 graduate of Vienna High School and a member of the Missouri National Guard. He was a 50-year member of the Local 513 Operating Engineers in St. Louis, Mo. as a heavy equipment operator. In 1978, he was hired as the first crane operator at the Callaway Nuclear Plant. He retired from Local 513 due to ill health in 1992. Kenny was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, hunting, the Gasconade River, and deer camp. He also liked to read and keep up with the news, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family, especially on their farm in Vienna. Survivors include: his bride of 53 years, Anita Honse; son, Kenneth Honse and his wife Sharon of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughters, Konny Schaeffer and her husband John of Lake St. Louis, Mo. and Susan Kneeskern and her husband Dean of Jefferson City, Mo.; brothers, David Honse and his wife Judy of Vienna, Mo. and Michael Honse and his wife Ann of O'Fallon, Mo.; sister, June Wilson and her husband C.J. of Dellwood, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Juston Honse, Bill Plank and his wife Beth, Clay Schaeffer, Austin Kneeskern, Janae Sapp and her husband Ben, Christina Schaeffer and Jenie Honse; three great-grandchildren, Jaden Honse, Madison Honse and Will Plank. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Goldene Workman, Elizabeth Arthur and Ruth Ray Woods; one brother, John Honse; and one nephew, Jeff Wilson. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011, and from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City with the Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Linn State Student Endowment Fund in honor of PFC Ralph Branson, Jr., c/o The Foundation for Linn State Technical College, 1 Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

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