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Robert Kennon

Robert C. Kennon, 74, passed away, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Greenwood. He was a resident of Franklin.

Robert was born May 17, 1940, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, to Edison D. and Billie Ruth (Love) Kennon.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Robert married Harriet Velting on Nov. 26, 1965, in Imperial, California; they were married for 48 years.

He was an over the road truck driver for 40 years, working for Transcon Freight Line till 1990, then for National Freight, where he drove from Indianapolis to California, five days a week. He retired in 2000.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved feeding and watching the birds in his backyard.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet Kennon of Franklin; six children, Peggy Kennon of Nevada, Robert Kennon Jr. of Arizona, David (Britta) Kennon of Germany, Christina (Daniel) Chupp and Jon (Melissa) Kennon, both of Franklin, and DeAnne “ D.D.” (David) Wentzel of Pennsylvania; a sister, Phyllis (Charles) Springer of Tennessee; three brothers, Jimmie (Gloria) Kennon of Mississippi, Edison (Jerri Ann) Kennon Jr. of Iowa and Billy (April) Kennon of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Nathan and Gerrit Chupp, Amanda Veenhuizen, Megan Workman, Devin Kennon Wentzel, Alex Kennon, Alina Kennon and Maike Dunkel; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice South.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North, with a visitation from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E. 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848.

Information: 535-6880; www.jessenfuneralhome.com.

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