1931 – 2014

AUBURN — James Lawrence Kenney, 82, of Rumford, went to be with his Lord on Monday, May 5, at the Hospice House.

He was born in Rumford on June 1, 1931, the son of James William and Thelma (McCray) Kenney. He graduated from Mexico High School in the Class of 1949 and served in the U.S. Army Special Forces during the Korean Conflict. Jim worked at Oxford Paper Co., Ethyl Corp. and Boise Cascade for 43 years, retiring in 1991 with the title of General Superintendent, R 15 Complex. He then consulted for Beloit Corp. for several years.

Jim loved sports, playing baseball in high school, in the Army and on several town teams, including the Timber League, Down East League and the Pine Tree League. He also coached Little League for several years. He enjoyed hunting, especially bobcat hunting, with his hounds and his good friends. Jim enjoyed the family deer hunting trips at the camp in Parmachenee, which he helped build with Fred Allen in 1974. He was a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post No. 24, American Legion.

In 1983, he married the love of his life, Evelyn, and together they enjoyed life to the fullest, moving to Upton on Umbagog Lake after they retired, and enjoying the closeness of their friends in the neighborhood, fishing and feeding deer in the winter. For several years, they spent “mud season” in Savannah, Ga., and summer vacations at their camps in Nova Scotia and Haynesville. Their combined families were a great joy to him.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Rumford; five children, Michael Kenney of Rumford, Timothy and Kim Kenney of Windham, Linda and Tom Puiia of Rumford, Pamela and Michael Beauchesne of Rumford and Scott Kenney of Mexico; four stepsons, Michael Thomas and Kerry Leighton, Douten “Dan” and Donna Thomas, Stephen Thomas and Annette Wing, all of Roxbury, and Patrick Thomas of Georgia; many grandchildren; his sisters, Sally Clark and husband, Doug, of Dixfield and Joyce Smith and husband, Alfred, of Mexico; several stepgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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