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Kenneth H. Janes

Kenneth Hugh Janes, 90, passed away September 7, 2021 at his home in Clarence.

Kenneth was born May 23, 1931 in Lakenan, to Weldon Hugh and Willie Mildred (Watson) Janes. He was united in marriage to Gladys Lavaun Cockrum on May 28, 1951. She preceded him in death on October 14, 2016.

He is survived by three children, Jeffery Hugh Janes of Clarence, Brenda Kay Rufener and husband Scott of Clarence and Pamela Renee Janes of Clarence; grandchildren, Jesse and Jennifer Janes, Frank Janes and special friend, Sierra, Michael Janes, Heston Rueschhoff, Jordan Janes, Katherine Rufener, Ona Rufener, Bradley and Ashley Willey and Derek and Hillary Janes; and great grandchildren, Adelyn, Levi, Waylon, Alivia, Barrick and Jay.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Lavaun of 65 years; his parents; infant son, Kenneth Weldon Janes; sister, Katherine Vanskike; and granddaughter, McKenzie Craigg

Kenneth served his county in the Korean War Conflict. He learned how to operate heavy equipment during his time in the Army, building air strips in Korea. In 1967, he started his own bulldozing company, which he owned and operated until his retirement. He serviced a large part of Shelby County and the surrounding areas. Kenneth was a member of the Clarence VFW. He loved looking for arrowheads and mushrooms, watching the hummingbirds through his window, and spending time with his grandchildren. Kenneth was awarded the “National Safety Recognition Certificate” from Governor Bond when he rescued a boy that was trapped under a burning tractor.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Clarence.

Memorials can be made to Macon Hospice Compassus and Helping Hand of Clarence.