Alton 'Gene' Kendall, 81

Alton "Gene" Kendall, 81, of Warren, formerly of Wabash, left this world on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Heritage Pointe in Warren, surrounded by family and friends. 

He was born on Feb. 11, 1937, in Wabash to Alton Joseph & Pauline Tomson Kendall.  Pauline passed away when Gene was a young boy. His father later remarried to Florence Smith, who helped raise Gene and his two brothers, Arthur Dale and Arlen.  

He married Brenda Stanley on Jan. 20, 1960, at Plummer’s Chapel in Huntington County; together the two just celebrated their 58th year of marriage.  Gene was a 1954 graduate of Noble High School. He formerly worked at North Central Co-op in Wabash for 42 years before retiring.

Gene and Brenda would winter in Arcadia Fla., where they loved to play cards and enjoy the warm weather. They moved from Wabash to Heritage Pointe in Warren in 2015. While living in Wabash, Gene and Brenda attended the College Corner Brethren Church. Gene was a Mason at the Hanna Lodge No.61 in Wabash. Gene played high school basketball, loved watching sports and enjoyed golfing with his friends as often as possible.

Loving survivors include his wife, Brenda (Stanley) Kendall, Warren; a son, Kelly (Bryon Johnmeyer) Kendall, Kansas City, Mo; a daughter, Chris (Ernie) Ortiz, Fayette, Ala.; grandchildren Clark Ortiz, Heather Ortiz, Bailey (Alisha) Johnmeyer; great-grandchild Clinton Eric Johnmeyer; and his two older brothers; oldest Arthur Dale (Mary Lou) Kendall of Roann, and youngest Arlen (Dianna) Kendall of Wabash.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alton Joseph Kendall; biological mother, Pauline Tomson Kendall; and step-mother, Florence Smith Kendall.

Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Heritage Pointe Applegate Chapel, 801 Huntington Ave., Warren, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. A service to celebrate Gene’s life will follow at 1:30 PM with Chaplain Dick Case officiating.  Interment will follow in the Gardens of Memory in rural Marion.

Gene and Brenda most recently attended College Corner Brethren Church 8996 S. 500 W. Wabash, IN 46992; donations may be made to the church in lieu of flowers.                                      

Arrangements are being handled by Glancy - H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.

Posted on 2018 Feb 13