OBITUARY

Kenneth Wayne Watley

August 2, 1945May 3, 2021
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Kenneth W. Watley, 75, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 3rd.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Walton & Lena Watley, in-laws Jeff & Katheryn Henderson and sister-in-law Joyce Hughes. Ken is survived by his wife Sharon; children Brian Watley (Shana), Carrie Watley (Todd), Justin Watley; granddaughter Halston Watley (Jason); great-grandson Finn; sister Judy Martin (Paul); and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Ken was born in Kansas City on August 2, 1945. After graduating from Southeast High School (KC) in 1963, he attended Central Missouri State University where he completed his BS in Education in 1967. Ken & Sharon were high school sweethearts and married on August 20, 1966. He served as a medic in the Army Reserves (1967-73). Ken made his way via teaching into the insurance industry and climbed the ranks to VP of Sales with Cigna, earning multiple awards throughout his career. After retirement from AON, he stayed active substitute teaching and teaching Driver’s Ed. every summer.

Ken was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a spiritual man and a member of the Church of Christ. An avid sports fan, he was a long time Chiefs season ticket holder and golfed weekly with his Senior Golf team. He played guitar, sharing his lifelong love of music and attending many concerts with Sharon and his kids. Ken was a critical thinker, a problem solver and a natural born leader. He loved to help people and was always quick with a joke or story to forge a connection. He enjoyed spending summer days on his boat with family and winters in Florida.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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Sharon Sanderson

May 10, 2021

Sharon and family,

Mike and I are so sorry to learn about Ken's death. We go back many years and share some wonderful memories of Southeast High School, get togethers with our young children, and reunions. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Sharon, and with all your family.
Love, Mike and Sharon Sanderson

Charlie Dorfman

May 9, 2021

To Sharon, Brian, and the entire Watney family, please accept our sincere condolences from Jo and myself. We were both shocked and saddened to hear about Kenny's passing. We will always remember him with a smile on his face. May he rest in peace.

Frank & Gina DeFeo

May 9, 2021

Dear Sharon,

We were so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. We always looked forward to seeing you both at our class reunions. Ken was a one of a kind guy, always smiling, laughing and sharing his positive attitude. He showed concern for others, and was a true Knight of the Round Table...

Frank and Gina DeFeo

Linda Peterson

May 8, 2021

Thank you Kenneth for being a medic in the UNITED STATES ARMY. Because of your service to our country by taking care of our wounded soldiers we can all live our lives in peace.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR VETERANS ARE OUR COUNTRY'S HEROES AND THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOREVER.
God bless you Kenneth for giving our soldiers the health care they needed so they are able to return back to their loved ones. you rest now with God and the Angels and with all the other Veterans who are in heaven with you.

Angelo Velasquez

May 8, 2021

We were fraternity brothers at UCM. We had many great times as brothers and classmates. Although we did not see each other often I knew we would always be brothers and friends forever. God bless you Ken and his family.

Kathy Isenhour

May 6, 2021

Ike and I are devastated that this has happened.. Also, Dan and Mark were truly sad. We had lots of great memories from 4th of July on Basswood

Mike and Lora McCall

May 6, 2021

So sorry to hear about Kenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peyton Lacy

May 6, 2021

Sharon and entire family,

My deepest and sincere condolences in the passing of Ken. I pray the Lords hands comfort you all during this difficult time. I'd like to just say that the brief time that I got to spend with Ken were some of the most sincere and genuine times I've ever spent with a human being. When he asked questions, he really listened. He really wanted to know how "you were doing" and "what was going on in your life." In todays times, that level of caring in a conversation, is sometimes lost. I truly appreciated our conversations that were full of wisdom and laughs. I will miss him dearly and appreciate the generous hospitality when I visited. My heart is broken for you all and my prayers are truly with each and everyone of you....

Carol Bargfrede

May 6, 2021

Sharon, I was so surprised and sad when Charlie told me about Ken. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Ken will always be among my greatest college memories at CMSU. Blessings and comfort to you all.

Kay Wells

May 6, 2021

SHARON and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. To me Ken will always live on in my memory. I haven’t seen him in person for many years but thanks to Facebook, it seems like we’ve kept in touch throughout time. We worked together for many years and it was always such an enjoyable time. He will be missed but your wonderful memories and fabulous experiences will remain with you forever. My prayers and concerns are with you through this very difficult time. Lovingly, Kay Wells

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