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OBITUARY

John "Hap" Edward Kenna

September 16, 1948April 2, 2020
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John “Hap” Edward Kenna was born in Jamestown, North Dakota on September 16, 1948. He attended St. John’s Academy and Jamestown Senior High School. He graduated from Jamestown College in 1971 with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. John started and owned Kenna Power Sales, Inc. since May, 2004. John is preceded in death by his wife Marcia “Marcy”, his parents William S. “Bill” & Netta Kenna, brother William L. “Bill” and sister in law Delores Kenna, brother Daniel J. and sister in law Martha Kenna, nephew Thomas Kenna, along with grandparents and several aunts and uncles. John leaves behind his son, John (Kathryn) Kenna in Grand Island, Nebraska, his daughter Heather (Brian) Shelton in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Grandchildren: John “Jack”, Emily, Molly and Luke Kenna, Hayden Jones, Mason and Austin Shelton. His sister Mary (Marcus) Zander in Mandan, North Dakota as well as several nieces and nephews. John was a member of the Littleton United Methodist Church. He also served as past president of Littleton United Soccer Association. Service will be held on September 19th, 2020 at 2:00p.m at Olinger Chapel Hill, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. Centennial, CO 80121. Immediately following the service, please join the family on a short walk to the cremation garden where John and Marcy are buried. We will then return to Olinger for food and cocktails to properly celebrate Hap's life. If you plan on attending the service/reception please RSVP to heathershelton11@gmail.com by September 14th so we can set up the space per COVID restrictions. Thank you!!

  • FAMILY

  • William S. and Netta Kenna, Parents (deceased)
  • Marcia "Marcy" Kenna, Wife (deceased)
  • John(Kathryn) Kenna, Son
  • Heather (Brian) Shelton, Daughter
  • John "Jack" Kenna, Grandchild
  • Emily Kenna, Grandchild
  • Molly Kenna, Grandchild
  • Luke Kenna, Grandchild
  • Hayden Jones, Grandchild
  • Mason Shelton, Grandchild
  • Austin Shelton, Grandchild
  • William L. Kenna, Brother (deceased)
  • Delores Kenna, Sister-in-law
  • Daniel J. Kenna, Brother (deceased)
  • Martha Kenna, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Mary (Marcus) Zander, Sister
  • Thomas Kenna, Nephew (deceased)

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Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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John "Hap" Edward Kenna

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be John Edward Kenna. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. John was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

       He was the son of Bill and Netta Kenna. John was raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. John was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of John's personality throughout his life.

      Though John was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. John was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, John worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. John was raised with three siblings. He had two older brothers, Bill and Dan, and one older sister, Mary. John and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, John was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, John was always tactful. One thing John will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, John had a number of interests and was an active child. John took part in football and baseball. He often talked about playing Varsity football when he was only in the 7th grade.

      For John, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. John was also adept at details. John was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      College can be a challenge, but John appeared to be well equipped to succeed. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around his. John had the ability to work undisturbed through all of the constant interruptions that are a regular part of college life. John enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Jamestown College in 1971.

      John was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. John cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. Compassionate and devoted, John worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to John and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. John was blessed with two children, one son, John, and one daughter, Heather. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Jack, Emily, Molly and Luke Kenna, Hayden Jones, Mason and Austin Shelton. John was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, John was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: John would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to John, and he expected the same from those around him. John was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. John was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that John handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” He was the owner of Kenna Power Sales. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, John enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were golfing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

      John was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. John was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, John played baseball and football. In his college years, John continued to stay active by playing sports. Recreational sports included golfing. John also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, football and college basketball.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led John to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, John did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, John was an active member of the soccer community. He was a past president of Littleton United Soccer Club.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served John well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of Littleton United Methodist Church. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      Not only did John enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included his trips to Hawaii, San Diego and golfing & visiting friends and family in Arizona.

      John passed away on April 2, 2020 at at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John had many complications as a result of surgery to correct an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is survived by his children, John and Heather; his grandchildren Jack, Emily, Molly, Luke, Hayden, Mason and Austin; his sister Mary as well as several nieces and nephews Services will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery. John was laid to rest in the cremation garden at Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery in Centennial, Colorado.

      John was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. John was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss John Edward Kenna.

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