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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39Th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Kenneth Eugene Sterbenz

November 5, 1947July 4, 2019
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SOME WILL SAY HE WENT OUT WITH A BANG…SINCE HE LEFT THIS EARTH ON THE 4TH OF JULY. Kenneth Eugene Sterbenz was born in Oklahoma City on November 5th, 1947. He attended Putnam City schools, graduating in 1966, then attended Central State College. Early in 1967 he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and we married later that year. We had a daughter, René, who challenged him occasionally, allowed him to see life in a different way, and has said he is the best dad she could ever ask for. Kenny had various jobs in his adult years where he made some lifelong friendships. He loved NASCAR and all other types of racing and often enjoyed going fishing and hunting with friends. After his retirement from Klein Tools we took fishing trips, had backyard barbeques, lake parties, and took some long awaited vacations. He always enjoyed being with friends at Lake Texoma, often saying there was nowhere he would rather be. Toward the end of his life, he was anxious to tell all of his friends to just enjoy life and have fun. He was my soulmate and inspiration – my rock. He was a good man, a great dad and always there for us. I loved him because he was a strong man who “knew stuff”; not a spiritual person necessarily but he had good morals and showed good judgement. I loved him for his character and funny side. He was a mentor to some and didn’t even realize it. Kenny will be missed by many friends and family but most of all by me. I would like to thank Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association for their exceptional and loving care. ~Mary

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bob Castoe
  • Dennis Keim
  • Gene Cooper
  • Don Fentem
  • Rocky Mutz
  • Ken Grace
  • Chad Zaber
  • Michael Bellamy
  • Franz Repinski, Honorary
  • Gary Moddrell, Honorary

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019

Memories

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Gary & Cindy Perry

July 8, 2019

Mary, Gary and I are so saddened to hear about the loss of Kenny. Both of you were always so welcoming and gracious to us. Kenny always greeted us with a smile and a hug. He was such a good man, and will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Betty Blask

July 7, 2019

Kenny was the Authentic Brother in Law, and a real Catch, I feeI I was the trophy holder when it came to Kenny sharing his life with me. His Gracious Southern Charm , smiles of simple pleasures and a sense of humour, Kenny will be Lovingly and sadly missed, in my heart forever and never forgotten.
Betty

Known around here as “Uncle” Kenny, he was my rock solid Brother In Law. He readily shared his boy toys with us Canucks, even if we left a wrinkle or two. “Uncle” Kenny will be missed and will always have a place in our hearts!!
Richard, Derryck, Dillon

Marc McCord

July 7, 2019

I have known Ken since he started at Klein. One of the few guys in our industry that I have never heard anyone say they don't like. A guy that you always looked forward to seeing because he was so nice and had such a great attitude. We always knew Ken as the guy with firmest handshake in the world. Just a great guy that we will all miss.

Cousin Mary Rose & Mer Thoen

July 6, 2019

There are no words to express our sorrow for you in the loss of a Pillar in our Family. Our prayers are for Healing and Understanding of an event so Unfair and Undeserving. Kenny spread such joy to everyone he met...we are thankful for all the memories we have of him. We loved him, too.

You may not see him, but know he'll always be your Guardian Angel forever on your shoulder.

Margaret Cooper

July 6, 2019

If you ever wanted a true, blue friend Kenny was the one. He was Alan's best and dearest friend and Alan knew he could always count on Kenny if he needed him. Now they are fishing in Heaven, and catching the BIG ones, at least that's how I want to see them. My heartfelt sympathy to you Mary, and Renee. RIP dear friend.

Gwen Cox

July 5, 2019

Kenny was one of the kindest and giving people on earth. I will never forget how he was always helping Mom with whatever emergency she had and he never complained. Rest in Peace Kenny...you will be missed.

Paul Lekawski

July 5, 2019

The '66 Class has lost a great one. Kenny, you will sorely be missed, but your pain and suffering is over and you are in peace.

Mary and family, hopefully the pain and sorrow will eventually turn to peace and continued wonderful thoughts of this great guy. Prayers, thoughts and condolences are with you.

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