Edward Harry Kenny, 96, passed away, at his home, in Spirit Lake, Idaho, on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Edgemere Seventh-day Adventist Church. Private family interment will take place in the Seneacquoteen Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be held 1-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Coffelt Funeral Chapel, 109 N. Division, in Sandpoint.
Harry was born in Sawyer, Idaho, (currently known as Vay) on July 17, 1921, the son of Patrick and Arvilla Kenny. Other than the 16 years he spent in Montana and the six years he lived in Spirit Lake, he resided his entire life on the land where he was born. He attended the Seneacquoteen School through eighth grade and then began working the cattle ranch with his father.
On Feb. 3, 1944, he reported for training to Farragut as an enlisted serviceman in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to a destroyer, the SS Lardner, and spent approximately two years in the Pacific Theater. He was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender was signed on Sept. 2, 1945.
On July 12, 1947 he married Hazel Larson in Spokane, Wash, They lived in Hot Springs, Mont., where Harry worked in logging for Stan Diehl and later in Thompson Falls where he was woods boss for John Oliver’s logging operation. In 1966, after the unexpected death of his father, he moved his family back to Vay to run the cattle ranch. In addition to ranching he also worked at trail building, thinning, slashing and removing timber for the Libby Dam water reservoir.
In 1986, he received the Idaho Woodsmen of the Year Award for his selective logging practices and stewardship of his forestlands. Around 1987 he sold the cattle herd and turned his attention to logging full time on his own acreage until a bad ankle forced him to retire at the age of 87.
Harry is survived by his three daughters, Linda Brennen of Sandpoint, Idaho, Charlotte Schober of Lincoln, Neb., and Kathryn Fridlund of Stanwood, Wash.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Arvilla Kenny; a brother, Bill Kenny; and his wife, Hazel.
The family suggests memorials be given to The Edgemere SDA Church Building Fund, PO Box 861, Sagle, ID 83860; or Auburn Crest Hospice, 1221 W. Ironwood Dr. Suite 102, Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83854.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook, for Harry, at coffeltfuneral.com.
Funeral arrangements will be under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.