Charles Francis Kenney, 91, a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at home with family members in San Clemente on September 21, 2009. His life was filled with accomplishments, beginning in 1939 with his football career with USF, the US Navy, and San Francisco 49ers 1947. After football, Charles continued his career with the Navy, serving as Captain in the US Naval Reserves for over thirty years. In this capacity he was the Commanding Officer of the Los Alamitos Naval Air Reserve Base in the early 1970’s. Charles was also tremendously successful with his career in education, beginning as a teacher, principal, and ultimately as Superintendent of schools. Dr. Kenney was the Superintendent of Schools of Santa Ana Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, and the Mount Eden School District. He was also Superintendent of the Antilles School District, a part of the Department of Defense Education Activity, located in Puerto Rico. While Dr. Kenney devoted his life to serving students and providing leadership to aspiring administrators, he also spent his life being a wonderful father and grandfather to his nine loving children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In addition to his children, he leaves behind his brother, Joe Banovich, and many nieces and nephews. As a result of his strong work ethic, integrity, and wisdom, Charles Kenney is a hero and role model for his loved ones, and all are immensely grateful for his guidance and love.
A Viewing and Rosary will take place at O’Connor Mortuary on Thursday, October 1st from 7:00-9:00. Funeral Services will be held at St Edwards Church in Dana Point at 12:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009. Burial services will take place on Monday, October 5th in Sebastapol, California, beginning at St. Sebastian’s Chapel at 11:00 am and ending with his burial at Memorial Lawn in Sebastopol.
O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300