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Kenneth Enneking, 80
by Report submitted · October 26th, 2017

Kenneth Joseph Enneking, 80, of Marion, passed away on October 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. A Parish Vigil Service began at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. The family greeted friends following the Vigil Service until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Father David O'Connor. Graveside Service took place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military honors.

Ken is survived by his wife, Pat, of Marion; sons, Craig (Ann) Enneking of Iowa City and Eric Enneking of League City, Texas; six grandchildren, Megan, Kyle, Jessica, Alyssa, Mitchell, and Haley; two great-grandchildren, Ivan and Brooke; siblings, Richard (Billie) Enneking of Marion, Mary Jane Copeland of Kingsville, Missouri, James (Charlene) Enneking of Basehor, Kansas, Charles (Kathy) Enneking of Sabetha, Kansas, Vera (Lynn) Kramer of Topeka, Kansas, Lucy (John) Jones of Shawnee, Kansas, Joseph (Mary) Enneking of Topeka, Kansas, Maurice Enneking of Kingsville, Missouri, Lynn (Susan) Enneking of Lawrence, Kansas, and Glen (Judith) Enneking of Bluffton, South Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Lisa (Enneking) Huntington in 2010.

Ken was born November 22, 1936, in Centralia, Kansas, to Alphonse and Margaret (Ketter) Enneking. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Ken was united in marriage to Patricia K. Gearhart on August 3, 1957, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. He worked for 19 years at LinkBelt Speeder (FMC) and was self-employed as a carpenter. Ken was a member of the VFW Post #788 of Cedar Rapids, Izaak Walton League, Pheasants Forever, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Ken was a loving and devoted husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. His wife of 60 years, Pat, was the love of his life. Ken's entire life was dedicated to the well-being of his family. He was fiercely proud of his family heritage, and never stopped in his quest to learn more about his family's history. Ken was a very talented carpenter and woodworker, and spent his lifetime using these skills to help others. He would help anyone in need of his expertise, and never ask for anything in return. Ken frequently volunteered his time to help with construction and woodworking projects. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, and gardening with his family. Ken also enjoyed participating in local outdoor conservation activities and fundraising events. He also participated in numerous volunteer activities for his church and community. Ken was a fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma Sooners. Above all, he and Pat enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, and supporting them in their various school and athletic activities.

Ken touched the lives of many people during his lifetime. He gave much and asked for little. Ken quietly attempted each day to make the world a better place for all. He is dearly loved, and will be missed by all that knew him.

Memorials may be directed to the Mercy Foundation for the Hall Perrine Cancer Center and cancer research (, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( in Ken's memory.

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