OBITUARY

Kenneth F. Huemmer III

May 23, 1982April 12, 2021

Kenneth F. Huemmer III joined his father in the loving arms of Jesus at the age of 38.

He tested positive for Covid -19 on March 2, 2021. He entered the hospital on March 26, suffered a rapid decline, and passed away from the complications of multiple organ failure and sepsis, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY on April 12.

Kenny was born in Tucson, AZ on May 23rd 1982 to parents Ardith L. and Kenneth F. Huemmer, Jr. He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School, Oneonta Sr. H.S., and attended Herkimer County Community College. Most recently, he worked for the State of New York, managing an OTB store in Green Island. Since moving to Green Island from Oneonta four (4) years ago, he would often be seen observing birds indigenous to the Hudson River Region near his home. Kenny, loving the outdoors, was an avid skier, hiker and kayaker.

Standing 6’6” tall, he was known as a “gentle giant”. Ever friendly, always uplifting, he didn’t believe in speaking ill of anyone, always choosing the higher ground. Having lost his father at the tender age of nine (9), he thought life was too short to waste time on negativity toward others…. Indeed, it was.

He was predeceased by his loving father, Kenneth F. Huemmer, Jr. in 1991; his paternal grandparents Kenneth, Sr. and Joan Huemmer; his maternal grandparents Dr. Kent and Jane Lawson.

He is survived by his loving mother and step-father Ardie and Jay Dinga, Oneonta; brother Brett Huemmer, Seattle; step-brothers Zachary Dinga, Dallas and Rocky (Stephanie) Dinga, Bethesda; loving aunts Leila (Roger) Jacobs, Nancy (Peter) Mangione and Ellen (Ken) Huemmer-Harnett, loving girlfriend Jennifer Edwards, as well as many cousins.

Kenny loved his life, lived it creatively and to the fullest. He leaves behind many loving friends. We lost him too soon and our hearts are broken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta.

“Though no one can bring back the hour, of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we shall grieve not, rather, find strength in what remains behind…” – William Wadsworth

To leave a condolence for the family online, visit www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home Oneonta.

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Sandy Bright

April 30, 2021


"Gentle Giant" is a perfect description of Kenny. Just thinking of him would always bring a smile. He was one of those kids I was glad my own children were friends with. I was so very sorry to hear of his passing.

Linda Pearce

April 20, 2021

Ardie, we are so sorry to learn of Kenny's untimely passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Praying that God will comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
Linda and Jim Pearce

Shaylin Graham

April 19, 2021

Kenny and I met when I was in college at SUNY Oneonta. He was always so friendly, kind, loved life, and was really funny! When I moved back to Oneonta after I graduated we ended up dating for a little under a year. We didn’t work out in a romantic sense, but during that time I got to know him very well. He was always kind, funny, giving, hilarious, loved nature, and had so much potential. He was a business man and I always said he could sell ice to an Eskimo! He met my entire family who all said he was a very pleasant, happy guy, and he was really there for me when my mom was sick with cancer. I had thanksgiving dinner with his mom and step dad who were both so lovely and I really felt a nice connection with. We ended up losing touch afterwards just because we had moved on in a dating sense. I ended up marring a very lovey man and he was dating a very pretty girl (Jen) who I always thought he would end up with (I’ve heard through the grapevine that she is a gem) and I wished them the best. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and I wish nothing but loving memories and peace to the people who surrounded him in his time of need. He definitely had more to offer this world and I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who surrounded him. He was a gentle soul and I wish him peace.

Ben Scheim

April 19, 2021

Children spend their childhoods imagining what is important, what to aspire to, what "matters" -- and then as adults we often realize that the things we once chased matter less than we realized, and some of the most important characteristics of being alive were right in front of us all along. Kenny represented most of those things from his beginning: being kind, well-mannered, thoughtful, considerate, humble, loyal. We met in high school or middle school, and were quite different -- as a "loud" teen it took me a while to appreciate Kenny's gentle and undemanding presence. But thru the time we spent together with mutual friends and then on the ski team, I got to know and appreciate him as someone special -- uniquely thoughtful, friendly, considerate. He had friends from all kinds of social groups because he was so likeable, and good at blending in. High school is so hard because most teens are jerks -- it would be a lot less hard if more kids were like Kenny.

My condolences to his mom, who had the heroic job of raising him as a single mom, and his brother and everyone else in his life now.

Judi Visnosky

April 18, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find strength and peace in your Lord.
Words cannot express the sorrow you must feel. But we trust Jesus will speak to the very core of your heart and carry you in His arms.
Love and prayers,
The Visnosky Family

Johanna Primmer

April 17, 2021

My most sincere condolences to Kenny's family and friends, especially his Mom and brother, Brett. I pray the memories you keep will bring you some comfort and peace. Kenny was one of the neighborhood kids. I remember when he moved to Oneonta and Hazel Street from Arizona with his Mom and brother and later attending school with Kenny. I don't recall a time he wasn't smiling. So, I think it is fitting that the memory that comes to mind first is picking him up to go get ice cream at the Golden Guernsey one summer day after I got my license. I don't remember the specific occasion, but I am sure Kenny was probably teasing me about something, in good humor of course, wearing his signature smile as we made our way there and enjoyed our treats. I will always remember him fondly as a big teddy bear and a true sweetheart of a person.

Lynn Mangione

April 17, 2021

Loved by so many, may his memory live on through those who knew and loved him.
Lynn Mangione

Kara (Ross) Otero

April 16, 2021

A life lost too young but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to Kenny’s family and close friends. I’m sorry for your loss.

Lori Paparteys

April 16, 2021

Oh dear Ardi. I'm so very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you at this time. I remember when my mom and you used to visit and a young Brett and Kenny would be there too. Kids being kids we'd be doing whatever including hovering annoyingly sometimes...Oh so many years ago. This is definitely a loss I wish you never had to feel. My heart, thoughts and prayers to you, Jay and Brett. I send along many hugs to you.

Cory Klafehn

April 16, 2021

I always enjoyed Kenny’s big personality. He was funny and someone you always enjoyed being around. He was everywhere and friends with everyone. Prayers for his friends and family. God bless

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