Kenneth J. “Peanut” Kenney, age 81, of Lewiston, husband of Nancy Skwarzynski Kenney, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at Schoellkopf Nursing in Niagara Falls.
Kenneth was born March 27, 1940, in Niagara Falls. He is the son of the late Clossie and the late Louise (Piche) Kenney. “Peanut” graduated from Lewiston-Porter, Class of 1957, and went on to Montana State. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-61. He married Nancy Skwarzynski on July 18, 1986.
He was employed by Quermback Electric and Anderson Electric as an outside salesman for 25 years. “Peanut” served on the Lewiston Village Board for 15 years and also worked for the Town of Lewiston as the building inspector.
“Peanut” was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, and was associated with Heart, Love & Soul. He refereed basketball and football at Lew-Port and with the Niagara Frontier League for 25 years.
Ken is survived by his wife, Nancy (Skwarzynski) Kenney; by his children: Mary Ellen (Michael) Swanson, Beth (Derek) Myszka, Sharon (Mark) Velky Placek and Mary Sue Velky; a sister, Ruth Anne (John) Pokrzyk; seven grandchildren: Katie, Megan, Hailey Swanson, Tyler and Brandon Myszka and Elaina and Danielle Velky; and three great-grandchildren: Gino and Maya Zarcone and Joey Destino. “Peanut” is predeceased by his siblings: Allen Kenney, June Jarvis, Joyce Cooper, Dorothy Ingram and John Kenney.
Calling hours will be from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Hardison Funeral Home, 401 Ridge St. (corner of North Fourth), Lewiston. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at St. Peter's R.C. Church, 600 Center St., Lewiston, with the Rev. Cole Webster officiating. Burial will be in Dickersonville Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's R.C. Church/School, 140 N. Sixth St., Lewiston, NY 14092. Visit www.hardisonfuneralhomes.com.