Kenneth Lee ‘Kenny’ Boone

GROVE, Okla. — Kenneth Lee “Kenny” Boone, 79, of Grove, Oklahoma, formally of Dennis, passed away at 6:03 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Grove.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1940, in Prue, Oklahoma, to Iva W. and Bonnie (Jones) Boone. Kenny grew up in the Oswego and Parsons areas and graduated from Labette County Community High School in 1959 and was the first class to walk across the stage at the new Harrison Auditorium. He later attended Parsons Junior College. He joined the United States Navy in 1959 and was stationed at San Diego, California, and had served in Japan. 

Kenny started working at the Katy Railroad in 1968 and continued working for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 2002. He and his wife, Rosie, later opened Booney’s Bar and Grill in Dennis and ran it for several years. Kenny was a 44-year member of the Parsons Elks Lodge No. 527 and had served in several positions, including exalted ruler and grand exalted ruler of Southeast Kansas District deputy. He enjoyed watching westerns, fishing, boating, camping, traveling and having fun in the outdoors.

He married Carol Bendure on Aug. 22, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa. They divorced in 1988. He married Ruda Leslie on Nov. 18, 1988, in Miami, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death in 1995. He married Rosella “Rosie” (Cookson) DeMotte on Oct. 5, 1996, at their home in Dennis. She survives of the home in Grove, Oklahoma.

Other survivors include a son, Bruce Boone and his wife, Pippa, of Winfied; a daughter, Tammy Johnson of Dennis; a daughter-in-law, Donita Boone of Parsons; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Boone, on March 7, 2019; a son-in-law, Jon “JJ” Johnson; a brother; and a sister.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for the visitation and memorial service. Burial will take place at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at rural Dennis. The family will have a gathering following the memorial service at the Parsons Elks Lodge, No. 527, members and guests, 220 N. Central.

Memorials are suggested to the Elks National Foundation and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.

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