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Kenneth Love

September 19, 1953 - October 20, 2021

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Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Love, 68, a lifelong resident of Mechanicsburg, Ohio went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Kenny was born September 19, 1953 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio and was a 1971 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School where he was a phenomenal athlete. Kenny was honored to be inducted into the Mechanicsburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a past member of Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship and was currently attending Oak Grove Church of Christ in Christian Union. He was a hard worker all his life. Kenny retired from Honda after many years of service. After retirement, he was owner/operator of Ken Love Construction, continued to mow at local golf courses and was a member of Woodland Golf Course. Kenny's last company he served was Clemens Electric. Kenny was an avid sports fan; he followed Friday Night football in Mechanicsburg and over the years, he helped to coach. He was a devoted friend, a great listener who had a wonderful sense of humor and strong integrity. Kenny was a family man and deeply loved his community. He was a loving husband, the best dad, grandpa, brother and friend.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ann (Welch) Love; daughters, Heather Rae Love (Adam) Sorensen and Karen Ann (Aaron) Stillings; grandchildren, Kenzie, Lily, Case, David, Levi, Miriam and Dahlia Rae; siblings, Linda (Jim) Baldwin, Sarah (Norman) Violet, Mike (Debbie) Love, Joe (Kim) Love and Connie "Kid" (Bill) Byers; father and mother-in-law, Jim (Betty) Welch; sisters-in-law, Jane Welch, Susan (Rick) DeLong, Kathy (Steve) Adams and Cheryl Welch as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Verla (Conley) Love; brothers-in-law, Nathan and Tom Welch as well as nieces, Kristen, Kwen, Mayci and Sarah Michelle.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Kenny's life will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in the funeral home with Pastor Linden Good and Pastor Dave Cox officiating.

Burial will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mechanicsburg Athletic Department, 60 High St., Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.

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Jayne Rausch (Greenbaum) - Nov 20, 2021
Ann & family, I just joined the Honda Retiree FB page so just now saw of Kenny’s passing. It makes me so sad to hear this. It is because of him that I hired on at Honda and remember the fun times we all had playing volleyball. Please know that I am sorry for your loss and am thinking & praying for you.
Gary & Lisa Ware - Oct 27, 2021
Ann, Heather, Karen & family, our hearts go out to you with the passing of Kenny. He was always encouraging and will be greatly missed! Our prayers continue for you all.
Theresa Adams - Oct 26, 2021
I pray my Lord bless all of you at this time. John 3:16. Oh what a promise. I pray for peace and comfort for you that only my Lord can give. You are never alone. Love transcends all time. Hold it close.
Beth (Moore) Jones - Oct 26, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. Kenny was a great guy & will be missed by many.
Gary & Betsy Carter - Oct 26, 2021
You have our sympathy and prayers. He was a great guy.
Margie - Oct 26, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be greatly missed.
Tammy Ross - Oct 26, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers, hugs and love to you all 🙏❤️
David and Cathy First - Oct 26, 2021
Ann we are so sorry to hear about Kenny. Our thoughts,prayers and love, goes out to all of our family members
Joyce sawyer holm - Oct 25, 2021
My heart is hurting so bad. Annie and girls, you have my love and support. Prayers of peace and comfort are coming your way. I will truly miss Kenny and how he always gave me a hard time every time we met. And Kenny, I love ya. Give my Mama a hug for me. Bless the entire Love and Welch families.
Geralyn Brandon - Oct 25, 2021
Deepest Condolences, so sad, a lot of memories cross my mind right now. May God be with you all in this time of sorrow.
Mark and Phyllis Miller - Oct 24, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ann, Heather,Karen and the rest of your sweet family. May Jesus bring comfort to your hearts and may you feel his arms of love surrounding and supporting you in this time of grief. We love you all.
Rick and Lacy Savage - Oct 24, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts.
Joan Clensey - Oct 24, 2021
To the family - I am so sorry for your loss of a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Mary Ann Winkle - Oct 24, 2021
Karen & Aaron and family. So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Prayers for all of your family at this time. He was a young man and a great asset to the community. Will be greatly missed by his family. Love to all of you.
Sue Blakeman Propst - Oct 24, 2021
A kind and wonderful person.Heaven, gained a Great one.
corky gibson - Oct 23, 2021
i have never known many people as nice as kenny . will b missed by many ! rest in peace kenny
Gregg and Cyn Tehan Marsh - Oct 23, 2021
Kenny was one of the good guys. Easy going, warm smile, family man, football icon and truly loved by many. May you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of your loved one.
Henry Zimmerman - Oct 22, 2021
I am So So Sorry to hear of your Loss of Husband, & Father, & Grandfather. Ann, & Heather, & Karen & the Extended Families. Are in "My Thought's & Prayer's". May "GOD" "BLESS" The Love & Welch Families. And Come Into Your Heart's & help You Through The Coming Day's. And Brings you Peace & Calm in your Heart's. May your "Journey into Heaven" have Been a "Peaceful Journey" Kenny My Friend. I always looked up to Kenny he was Only 4 Year's Older than men. But Kenny was any Awesome Football Player & Student. And loves the Mechanicsburg Indians & what they Stood For. A Body of Strength & Unity. And Kenny Lived for this Wife Ann Daughters Heather & Karen. And all of his Family. And loves his Home in the Village of Mechanicsburg. And would do anything to help anyone he Could Until we Meet again On the Other Side Kenny May you be at R.I.H. Kenny Ya-Friend Zimmie
MARC D HOLCOMB - Oct 22, 2021
My family and I are truly sorry to hear about your loss. Ken was a great man, and a great football coach. Our prAyers go out to the family, and we wish you well.
MARC D HOLCOMB - Oct 22, 2021
My family and I are truly sorry to hear about your loss. Ken was a great man, and a great football coach. Our prAyers go out to the family, and we wish you well.
Melvin shaffer - Oct 22, 2021
We're so sorry for your loss, he will be missed
Dick Barger - Oct 22, 2021
Great guy, great guy to work with so Sorry to here this. Was one of the best persons I have ever known. Prayers for family and Ken.
Cathy and Dan Edwards - Oct 22, 2021
Sending sincerest sympathy and prayers for your loss . Kenny was a great guy.
Randy and Joyce Lincicome - Oct 22, 2021
To the Love Family, Sorry to read of your loss. Your family are in our prayers. God will put him to work as soon as he hits the Gates of Heaven. RIP Kenny.
Stephen H. Mast - Oct 22, 2021
Sorry to hear about Kenneth's passing. Although I didn't know him personally, I just remember him as a "good guy".
Monnie Love Skaggs - Oct 22, 2021
I loved him like a brother I have alot of memories with him. He will be sadly missed R.I.H. God put your arms around him embrace him for us till we meet again. To the family I am so sorry for your loss Love you all.
Chris Stokes - Oct 22, 2021
Kenny was my hero on the football field! As a kid, we’d park our carin the east end zone after my dad got off work and go to my aunt Lora Tobias’ house. He was the toughoust, most humble football player I’d seen growing up! I asked him to coach with us and he said he didn’t know anything about coaching. What he didn’t know was how he was admired and revered for what he was as a football legend in the community! He helped us bring a lot of pride back in the Burg football family! Anne, girls and families, I am so sorry y for your loss! He was a warm and gentle soul off the field, yet a true warrior on the field! I will always remember that soft, warm smile with which he greeted everyone! Prayers for peace and comfort! The world lost a beautiful human being!
Sharry Daugherty - Oct 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My heart aches as does yours .Condolences for you and your family.
Scott Dick - Oct 22, 2021
I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. He was a very resourceful man and I was also impressed by his kindness. What a loss to the entire community. God Bless all of you.
Chuck and Linda Heck - Oct 22, 2021
So so sorry…for the whole Welch and Love families..RIP
Pam and Bill Spires - Oct 22, 2021
Ann, girls and the Love family. So sad to hear of Kenny's passing. He was so kind and friendly to everyone. Loved his smile and sense of humor. May all of your fun and happy memories comfort you during this sad time. God's blessings to you all. Our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Pam
Rusty Gaver - Oct 22, 2021
Ann, girls and beloved family, I'm so saddened for your loss. Kenny will be missed by many. He always called me his little buddy and I have the fondest memories of our friendship. May his presents on this earth be a blessed memory for us all to Cherish. Until we meet again, Kee, R.I.P. 🙏💔
Ellen&Steve Bumgarner - Oct 22, 2021
So sorry ,Kenny was one of the best persons I've known.All great memories.thought& prayers are you Anne,children &family
Becky Trout - Oct 22, 2021
Annie, Heather, Karen and families my heart breaks for all of you. May loving thoughts,prayers and memories get you through this sad and difficult time. You lost one of the greatest guys I ever had the pleasure to know. R.I.P my friend you will be missed and loved. Heaven has gained an awesome angel ❤❤
John & Connie Cordell - Oct 22, 2021
Condolences to the family. You have lost a wonderful, & kind man. Our hearts are broken to hear this. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. ♥️
David Smith - Oct 22, 2021
So sad,Kenny was a good guy!!!
Vicky L.Exman - Oct 22, 2021
Kenny was a very kind man who helped me out once, he will be truly missed by all of us.I'm so sorry for every ones loss.
Patty Culp wilson - Oct 22, 2021
Your family is in our prayers. Sorry to hear that Kenneth passed away
Bob and Roberta (Arthur) Timmons - Oct 22, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Karen Fritts-Dunn - Oct 22, 2021
Our hearts are holding Kennys immediate family and large extended family…. When a kind and gentle soul leaves us it is felt by us all …. Kenny, your strong but powerful quietness was a wonderful example of “ still waters running deep” …. You will always be missed and forever cherished …. Rest well ❤️💔❤️
Phil Gaver - Oct 22, 2021
It's a very sad that we lost another classmate , Kenny will be missed by many and he was a True Indian Warrior. I am proud to say he was a friend of mine..R.I.P Kenny , and God Bless Ann and the entire family . 🙏🏻
Gary & Joyce Case - Oct 22, 2021
R.I.P.Kenny. Need more like you in this world ***
Kelsey Bostick and Jeff Bayes - Oct 22, 2021
We were so very sorry to hear about his passing. Thinking of you all and sending you prayers.
Kelsey Bostick and Jeff Bayes - Oct 22, 2021
We were so very sorry to hear about his passing. Thinking of you all and sending you prayers.
Stephanie - Oct 21, 2021
So sad to hear of this news. Kenny was a great man and will be missed dearly. Love hugs and prayers to all
Becky & Kip Crain - Oct 21, 2021
Oh Ann.. we are so sorry for your loss. Kenny was a great guy & will be missed by every that knew him. Kip & I are keeping the entire Love Family in our thoughts and prayers…Sending Hugs Becky & Kip
Robin Howe - Oct 21, 2021
Ann and girls, Pam, Joey and Kim… I’m so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Too young.. and such a nice man. I will be praying for strength and healing for you all. ❤️
Amanda Lewis - Oct 21, 2021
Sorry for your loss! I send my deepest condolences!
Tami (Teets) Clevenger - Oct 21, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Burg class reunions will never be the same! Kenny's kindness and smile will be missed by many!
Vickie Sadler-Hadlock - Oct 21, 2021
My thoughts & prayers are with you Ann and family. Kenny was a great guy & family man.....my heart breaks for you. I wish I could be there & give you a huge hug. Love you my friend & praying for comfort and healing. Thankful that you have loving memories. Always, Vickie
Timothy Follrod - Oct 21, 2021
You were truly one of my dearest friends! Welcomed me into the community, church, and your circle of friends! I found out soon into our friendship that you were humble, kind and kinda famous in our little town! You were very wise and often shared that wisdom with me, regardless of my willingness to admit you were 99% right! Rest In Peace Kenny! Your family has truly lost it’s Patriarch, but Heaven has gained a great one!!! I love and will miss you my Friend!
Jodi Minor - Oct 21, 2021
Deepest sympathies to the entire family. Kenny has been a great neighbor for many, many years.
Debbie Moore - Oct 21, 2021
My heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny's family. Kenny always had a smile on his face just like his picture. The Burg has lost a good man. RIP Kenny. 🙏🙏
Emma C Conley - Oct 21, 2021
Rest in peace cousin, my condolence to the family. My grandfather, Clay Conley was one of his uncles.
Danny Gaver - Oct 21, 2021
I’m so thankful for the time we spent together, softball, golfing and of course foosball. Kenny was always there for me when I needed a helping hand, and a joy to work with. Prayers to Annie, Heather, Karen and family. Till we meet again my treasured friend…………
Jim and Ann Clark - Oct 21, 2021
No words can express how deeply sorry we are for Kenny's passing. To Ann and her extended family: we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Kenny and Jim, while friends in high school, developed a closer connection later in life even though there were many miles between them geographically. Kenny was Jim's pipeline for updates on people, places, and, of course, Mechanicsburg football. We'll miss those Friday night text messages......Rest in Peace.
Scott Rutan - Oct 21, 2021
My deepest sympathy goes out to Ann, her children and all other family and friends of Kenny. The Burg community lost a great person with his passing. 😢
Tim Brown - Oct 21, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Kenny was a great man. He will be missed.
Rick & Barb Fritts - Oct 21, 2021
Ann,Heather,Karen and family our heart goes out to all of you.Was so sorry to hear this.Kenny was a super guy, I remember him helping us make hay years ago and was always there to lend a hand whenever Sis would move. May you all find comfort in the beautiful memories you made together. Rest in peace dear friend
Kevin Fleming - Oct 21, 2021
My deepest sympathies for Ann, the Girls and the family. Kenny was a good friend, classmate, and team mate. He will be sorely missed. His passing will leave a huge void in many, many people's lives.
joan Latham - Oct 21, 2021
Sorry about your loss.
Hannah & Evan Elliott - Oct 21, 2021
Ann and family, we are so sad to hear this. Kenny was a special kind soul. May he be at peace with his Lord and savior now. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!
Pam ray - Oct 21, 2021
So sorry for your loss prayers and hugs to your family
Tim Spitzer - Oct 21, 2021
Ann-so sorry to learn of this event. In tribute to Kenny I heard it from about a dozen people which indicates how important he was to the burg community..and he was. My heart aches for you. Enough said. Tim
Doreen Adams - Oct 21, 2021
So sorry to hear this Connie. My arms are around you hugging you tightly. Love you lady.
Connie Love Byers - Oct 21, 2021
This makes it real, and yet my mind still can't believe it. I love my family so much, and losing a sibling has shattered my heart. I pray for Ann, Heather & Adam, Karen & Aaron, and all those blessed grandchildren who are suffering from this devastating loss.
Tim Moore - Oct 21, 2021
Kenny was a good friend for many years. My heart goes out to you and the family Ann. RIP my friend, you will be in my heart.
Mark & Ellen Strong - Oct 21, 2021
Condolences to the Love family. Kenny was such a kind and good person.
Barb Keller - Oct 21, 2021
My deepest condolences to Ann, Heather and Karen and families. Kenny was a blessing to many and loved by all. Praying for God’s strength and peace. I’m picturing Kenny and Bill planning a heavenly golf game. 😊
Marilyn Royster Eades - Oct 21, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Robert & Deborah Aranda - Oct 21, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family so sorry for your loss Kenny was a great guy and will be missed by many prayers & hugs
Tom Enciso - Oct 21, 2021
Tom and Vickie Enciso offer our condolences to your family. May God give you his presence during this difficult time.
Ken Crain - Oct 21, 2021
Beth and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to Ann, Heather, and Karen, their families and to the entire Love family for their loss. Kenny was my very best friend and the only thing that consoles me I knowing he was a true Christian man and is now in the hands of our Lord Jesus. RIP my friend until the glorious day when we’ll meet again. All my love, Ken.

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