Kenneth D. Israel

March 5, 1921July 31, 2014

ISRAEL, Kenneth D. Age 93, passed away Thursday July 31, 2014 at Miami Valley Hospital. Born in Dayton in 1921 and graduated from Oakwood High School in 1939 and the University of Dayton in 1943. Served in the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenant, receiving the Victory Medal, Germany Occupation Medal, and the European Service Medal. More important than the medals, Ken met his future wife Agnes in Reims, France. Upon their return home from Europe in WWII, Ken and his brother David built Israel Builders Supply, and contributed much to the growth of the Dayton region in the post-war era. He was active in the Dayton Home Builders Association and especially enjoyed numerous friends, travel and tennis. He was an active member of the Church of the Holy Angels and St. Henry's parish. Preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Agnes, daughter, Carol, mother and father, David and Bessie L. Israel (Conner), brother, David, and sister, Betty. Survived by children, Kenneth Israel Jr. (Cathy), Bonnie Israel, Janet Borst (Mike), Mary Beth Neal (Tom). Grandchildren include Ken Kennard (Brandi); Rick Miller; Sarah, Miriam, Michael, and Joel Moore; Alexandra Israel (Andrew Zimmerman); Brian and David Borst; and Michael (Kristin) Neal. Great-grandchildren, Max and Amelia Kennard. A celebration of his life, the funeral mass will be held at the Church of the Holy Angels 1322 Brown Street Dayton, Ohio 45409, Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Thomas Shearer officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Friends are invited to greet each other and family beginning at 9:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at Holy Angels. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Holy Angels "Angels in Education" Fund, Holy Angels School, 223 L Street, Dayton, OH 45409. On line condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 5, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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August 16, 2014

A fine man.May he rest in peace.
Jim Hickey

Jane Lynch

August 12, 2014

I have such wonderful memories of your parents and time with them as we grew up. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers
Jane and Jim Lynch

August 6, 2014

To Ken's family, my condolences on your loss. In all the years I spent in the building industry, I never met more of a gentleman. It was a real pleasure to have known such a fine man.
Gregg Taylor

August 4, 2014

Mary Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Pat Ries

August 4, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times that you shared with your loved one comfort your family.

David Andrews

August 4, 2014

Ken and his brother provided me my first opportunity in the business world. I'm a better person because I knew Ken Israel and I will continue to think of him often.

Sallly Hochwalt-Roush

August 4, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, Mary Beth & family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

August 3, 2014

Our deepest condolences on your Dad's passing. We will miss Uncle Ken (and Aunt Aggie). Our prayers are with all of you. Love, Bob & Bridget (Wolak)