Kenneth Lang Kerney

Kenneth Lang Kerney

May 1947 – July 2018

Ken Kerney, 71 of Turlock, CA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 16.  Ken was born on May 8, 1947 to Kenneth and Vivian Kerney in Chicago, IL.

After high school, Ken attended college for one year, where he played football.  At the age of 19, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam, where he served two tours with the 101st Airborne as an Army Ranger with Tiger Force, a small group of elite fighters.

After leaving the military, Ken relocated to Stockton, CA and became a Federal Firefighter for the DLA (Defense Logistics Agency).  He served for a combination of 33 years at Rough & Ready Island, Stockton, CA, in Orlando, FL, in San Diego, CA, at Port Chicago in Concord, CA, Tracy Defense Depot in Tracy, CA, and retired from Sharps Army Depot in Lathrop, CA.

Ken also joined the National Guard and was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for Desert Storm as a transportation big rig driver for one year.

Ken enjoyed life to its fullest.  He enjoyed attending church, going on cruises, traveling to the U.S. National Parks across the country, riding his motorcycle, shooting his guns, scuba diving in the Caribbean, SF Giants baseball games, working out at the gym, reading, playing table games with friends, going to his grandkids’ athletic events, and just spending quiet evening at home watching a good movie.

Ken is survived by his wife Carol Martinez-Kerney, son Brian Kerney of Modesto, and daughter Christine Slocombe (Michael) of Boston, MA.  He is also survived by his stepsons Johnnie Martinez of Modesto, Kelly Martinez (Susan) of Turlock, and stepdaughter Stacy Martinez of San Jose.  He is also survived by his step-grandchildren Alexandria and Marlena Ochoa, KJ (Kelly Jr.), Timothy and Jordan Martinez, Julia, Matt and Chris Martinez, and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 28 at 2:00pm at The Connecting Point Nazarene Church, 3200 E. Monte Vista Ave., Denair, CA.  There will be a private graveside service on Monday, July 30.

Donations in his name may be made to The Connecting Point Nazarene Church.

Please share your condolences at www.allenmortuary.com

9 Comments

  • JUANITA CURTIS July 24, 2018 4:39 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of ken passing away. Louie and I always enjoyed talking to him at the occasions we attended at jim and stacys house. May god give your family comfort in this time of sorrow.

    Juanita curtis

  • Linda Avedon July 25, 2018 2:40 pm

    Carol, I am so sorry to hear about Ken. You have my sincerest sympathies. May your memories comfort you. Love ya, Linda (Avedonie)

  • Deborah Giannecchini July 25, 2018 4:06 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Ken passing away. I knew him many years ago, and had lost touch with him, but I will always remember him as a good man, good father, good friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Francie Denis July 26, 2018 4:24 pm

    There are no words to express the sorrow I feel for you and your family, Carol. I’m grateful you and Ken had so many wonderful memories of your life together. I’m praying for strength to get you through this difficult time. Love you girlfriend

  • Pat and Jim Barker August 2, 2018 12:35 am

    Carol – You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m glad I got ahold of you – you have so many great memories with your “soul mate” Ken. Please take care and call if you need a shoulder. Jim and Pat Barker

  • Livia March 29, 2019 12:43 am

    Ken also has a daughter, Elizabeth Jayne

  • Casandra Anderson March 28, 2020 6:04 pm

    I knew ken for many years and he was a good man. He was always good to me and my son. I’m glad he spent his last years at peace. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Tim Sturm August 3, 2020 5:38 pm

    I just now learned of Ken’s death. I was Kenny’s childhood friend. We attended St. Leonard School and Morton West High School in Berwyn, Illinois together and had many memorable experiences (and subsequent stories to relate.

    We tried to stay in touch in touch, but confusion, anger, and anguish over Viet Nam (and time and geography) intervened, I suppose.

    Ken was my friend, and I regret that we did not do better at staying in touch. May God embrace his troubled soul.

    Tim Sturm

  • Tim Sturm August 3, 2020 5:38 pm

    I just now learned of Ken’s death. I was Kenny’s childhood friend. We attended St. Leonard School and Morton West High School in Berwyn, Illinois together and had many memorable experiences (and subsequent stories to relate.

    We tried to stay in touch , but confusion, anger, and anguish over Viet Nam (and time and geography) intervened, I suppose.

    Ken was my friend, and I regret that we did not do better at staying in touch. May God embrace his troubled soul.

    Tim Sturm

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