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Kenneth Dolen was born February 16, 1922 to the late Tolbert and
Minnie (Cooper) Dolen of McCreary County, Ky.
He was preceded in death by three brothers—Lloyd (Emma) Dolen,
Howard (Simone) Dolen and Fred (Emma) Dolen; and three sisters—Vera
(Hazel) Brown, Vela (Charlie) Melhourn and Flonnie (Conrad) Wethington.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mildred; his two sons—Lowell
(Thressa) Dolen of Whitley City, Dana (Becky) Dolen of Monticello;
his three daughters—Anita (Dwight) Briscoe of Somerset, Barbara
(Johnny) Gehring of Monticello and Quenna (John) Collins of
Nicholasville, Ky.; nine grandchildren—Randy (Jill) Dolen, Chad
(Brooke) Gehring, Bryan (Stefanie) Dolen, Tye (Ashley) Gehring,
Kristi (Benji) Phelps, Austin Gehring, Brooke Collins, Natalie
Collins and McCade Collins; five great-grandchildren—Peyton Gehring,
Parker Gehring, Charlie Gehring, Wilson Gehring and baby Colton Dolen
due in October.
He was a devoted family man who loved his dog, Dandy.
He had a passion for squirrel hunting and gardening.
Every spring when the seed catalogs would arrive, he would sit for
hours trying to decide what to grow.
He had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good joke. He
liked to stay busy and was constantly tinkering on something trying
to come up with a way to make the job easier.
He loved bluegrass music and could carry a tune, joyfully.
His stories were vivid reminders of his childhood and his military
service days which he loved to share with others.
He served his country with honor in the United States Army during
World War II and wore his World War II Veteran cap proudly.
He left this life for a better one on August 9, 2016. He had
accepted Christ as his Savior and was a member of the Oil Valley
Church of Christ. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 13 at 11 a.m. in the
funeral home chapel.
Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery.
Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on August 16, 2016
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