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Kenny Friend Jr.
Kenny Friend Jr.ArmwrestlingKenny Friend Jr. age 52, of DeCliff, died unexpectedly Sunday September 21, 2014 at his home. He was born May 22, 1962 in Marion to Kenneth and Jennie R (Besco) Friend Sr. His father is deceased and his mother survives in DeCliff.

Kenny graduated from Elgin High School in 1981. He was a sawmill operator at DIA Enterprises in DeCliff for the last 6 years.   A true family man, the light of his life was his grandkids. He was always there for everyone, willing to lend a hand or give his smile to make you feel better. Even though sometimes his “life theories” got in the way.  A claim to fame for Kenny was being the 2002 World Champion left arm wrestler. He was also an avid fan of the Arizona Cardinals.  

Also surviving are three daughters; Kathryn (Katie) Friend of LaRue, Lesa Nicole “Nikki” Friend of California, and Brandy Lynn White of LaRue. Grandaughter; Trynadee and grandson; Brynden, Sisters; Camie (Don) Laird of Prospect, Kim (Tedd) Oldham of Marion and Jeanne (Todd) Clement of Kenton, and many nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by Grandparents Frances Besco and Harley and Dorothy Blagg, niece Tiffany Oldham, great niece Alyssa Holcomb and great nephew Gaige Overly.                              

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Officiating will be Rev. Brent Layne. Friends may call at the funeral home in LaRue from 5pm until the time of service on Wednesday.

Those who wish may make contributions to the Espyville Church at 805 Espyville Rd.  Marion, Oho 43302

Remembrances and Condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Kellie Price
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

So very sorry for your loss,my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sadness. Rest in peace Kenny,you will be missed.

#2 from: Kathy Wilson
La Rue
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I am very sorry to hear the news about Kenny.  Sending prayers to the family.  He will be missed.

#3 from: Kellie (Carpenter) Schultz
Garfield Hts, OH
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

A fond memory of Kenny.  He was my very first date...7th grade dance at LaRue Junior High.  He and his Mom picked me up at my house and we went to the dance and she brought us home.  He was such a sweetheart...meant a lot to a freckle faced girl.  That memory always brings a smile to my face.  RIP Kenny..you made a lot of people smile and feel better about themselves in your lifetime.  God Bless you and your family...

#4 from: Becky Sylivia Bond Felty
LaRue, Ohio
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

So very sorry to hear about Kenny. Prayers go out to you all.

#5 from: Amy Sandy Holtz
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I am so sorry for you loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  

#6 from: becky williamson
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Kim we are all thinking about you and your family during this time love Bill and Becky Williamson

#7 from: Stephanie Depriest and family
Pedro, Ohio
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

We are very sorry for your loss....Jen you all are in our thoughts and prayers...If you need anything don't hesitate to ask

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