Dennis Kennett

Dennis Lee Kennett

Tuesday, October 5th, 1943 - Friday, June 9th, 2023
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Please share your favorite memory of Dennis to be included in a special keepsake book for the family.
Mr. Dennis Lee Kennett of Red Deer County, passed away at home, while watering the garden on Friday, June 9, 2023 at the age of 79 years. Dennis was born in Edmonton on October 5, 1943. He grew up on the family farm at Busby, Alberta, and went to school at Alcomdale, and Riviere Qui Barre, both in Alberta. Dennis met Sharon in Red Deer and they were married on April 15, 1967. In 1970, they purchased his parents’ farm at Busby, and had two children, Lonny and Karmen. They moved to Red Deer and purchased another farm east of Red Deer, where they raised Buffalo and cattle, while running his first company, Solid Wireline. Dennis sold his share of the company in 1985 and started LonKar Services. In 1994, he sold that company, and concentrated on farming full time in semi-retirement. Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty-six years, Sharon; his three children, Geraldine (Darren), Lonny (Jennifer) and Karmen (Serge); his nine grandchildren; his four great grandchildren; his two sisters, Gloria (George), and Melody; his brother, Neil; his sisters-in-law, Arla, Marie and Rose Mary; and his brother-in-law, Franklin; as well as numerous family members and dear friends. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Ruth Kennett and a brother, Fred. A Funeral Service will be held at CrossRoads Church, 38105 Range Road 275, Red Deer County, Alberta on Monday, June 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. For those unable to attend, Dennis’s Funeral Service will be live streamed at Interment will be held at the Fairfield Cemetery, Brownfield, Alberta on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, Memorial Donations in Dennis’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society at or to CrossRoads Church at Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
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    Monday, June 19th, 2023 | 10:00am - 10:45am
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    Monday, June 19th, 2023 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 19th, 2023 11:00am
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    Fairfield Cemetery
    Range Road 101
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    Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm
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    In Loving Memory Of

    Dennis Kennett

    October 5, 1943 - June 9, 2023

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Private Condolence

Lynette Keto

Posted at 02:41pm
I am so sorry to hear about uncle Dennis’ passing. I live in the states, so I wish I could have seen him more often. I will never forget the trips we took to his house, however. His house was my favorite to visit if all my relatives growing up. There was so much exploring to do and animals to see! Rest in peace Uncle Dennis.

Lynette Keto

Melody Morrone

Posted at 12:32pm
My name is Melody, and I am the younger sister of Dennis Kennett. We grew up on a mixed farm near Busby, Alberta, a family with five children.

It was a very busy farm, and I was happy that my double cousins lived only about three miles away, providing lots of opportunities to work together and have plenty of fun together. I call them my “double” cousins, because our dad’s younger brother married our mom’s younger sister.

I have many early memories of riding on the back of a very patient horse named “Tiny.” One picture showed three of us on Tiny’s back, and four more cousins being pulled on a sled that was hooked up behind him.

Dennis was a good teacher; he was the one who taught me how to drive a farm truck with a stick shift. I loved driving. He also taught me how to drive the John Deere tractor alongside a windrow of hay, so that the hay would go through the baler, and then the bales would be stacked on the wagon behind the baler.

Dennis was an improviser. One day on the farm when my parents weren’t home, Dennis made some sort of device to connect to the engine of the John Deere tractor, which he used to inflate several huge tractor inner tubes. Then each of us would take turns standing still, while the others would stack the inflated inner tubes over our head, and then the whole stack would get pushed over with one person in the middle of the inner tubes. It was great fun, but our dad was not very happy when he returned home to find out what we had done.

One time, when Dennis was about 17 years old, he got into an argument with our dad about something (I don’t remember what it was about). Dennis decided he was going to leave the farm. Many years later, he told me that he was scared that night, had second thoughts about the decision he had made, and wondered to himself “Now what am I going to do?” That led him to working in the oil industry.

He later met a beautiful nurse named Sharon, and I was delighted to be chosen as one of their bridesmaids when they married 56 years ago.

Back to the love of driving, at one time Dennis was racing a stock car in the town of Westlock on an eighth-mile dirt track. At those races, they usually had one race called a “Powder Puff Derby,” where all the drivers were women. Naturally Sharon drove his car. Dennis had asked one of his racing buddies if I, his little sister of 16 years of age, could drive his buddy’s car. Unfortunately in my effort to pass another car on the right-hand side, I got too close to the edge of the track, and the car flipped over three times. When it came to a stop, I put my hand out the driver’s window and waved, to indicate that I was OK. My family was yelling at me, “Get out of the car, get out of the car!!” I don’t know who the owner of that car was, but if he happens to read this, I’d like to apologize for wrecking your car. For a long time after that, Dennis called me “the Flip Kid.”

My mom once called me the “black sheep of the family,” because I married an American, dropped out of the University of Alberta, and moved north of Chicago. That meant I didn’t get to see my family members very often anymore.

I think it was after Dennis and Sharon were coming back from the country of Qatar that they were passing through O’Hare airport, and stopped by to visit. Lonny was a toddler then, and was so rambunctious and exuberant, that I declared, “If that’s how little kids are, I’m never having any!”

Karmen, your dad loved to tell the story about your love for driving, too. He and Lonny were doing some fencing in a field, and Dennis must have left the keys in the ignition of the family car. He could see the car moving a few feet, it would stop, and then start moving some more. Apparently, Karmen, you were bored, and had started the car to drive over where your dad and Lonny were working. But you were so small that you couldn’t even see over the steering wheel, so you would rise up to see where you should go, and then sit down and drive a little ways, and then rise up again to see where to go next. I understand you ran into a barbed wire fence, but you were able to back up the car, and eventually get over to where they were working. Your dad opened the car door and sternly said, “What on earth do you think you are doing? Get out of the car!!!”

There was a time when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Naturally as a result of the chemo, I lost all my hair. Before the cancer diagnosis, I had taken up jogging for exercise. Dennis and Sharon flew down to Illinois to visit me. Being the generous person that he was, Dennis went to the local bicycle shop, purchased a stationary bicycle, and had it delivered to the house so that I could get my exercise in the house. Apparently he didn’t want to see his sister’s bald head jogging through the neighborhood.

Just three months ago, my daughter, Lynette, declared that she and her three sons were going to fly up to Alberta. She encouraged me to come along by saying, “Mom, you know your siblings aren’t getting any younger; and if you don’t go with us during this spring break week, the next time you go to Canada might be for a funeral.” I have precious memories of our visit with family members in Edmonton and Red Deer in March. Little did we know how true her statement would be, and how soon I would have to return.

I would like to conclude this with a quote from an email that Sharon sent to me at 3:30 a.m. the day after Dennis passed away. My very wise sister-in-law said, “Remember to always say nice things to the people you love . . . you never know if you’ll have another sixty seconds to say it.”

We are grateful to have so many people come to honor Dennis’ life, and we so appreciate your support during this difficult time in our lives.

Gloria Cathcart

Posted at 08:29am
Eulogy — Dennis Kennett
19 June 2023 by Gloria (Kennett) Cathcart

I am Gloria, Dennis’ older sister and although I am presenting this, Sharon, Lonny, Karmen and others have certainly had input into what I am about to say.

Dennis Lee Kennett was born on the 5th of October, 1943 in Edmonton, Alberta, the third child of Frank and Ruth (Browning) Kennett. From his birthplace at the Royal Alexandra Hospital he came home to the farm northwest of Edmonton, 6.5 miles west and 1 mile north of Alcomdale. The mailing address was RR#1 Busby.

The birth of Dennis brought great excitement to the Kennett home. Dennis had an older brother, Freddie, who was nearly six and a half years old and in grade one at school. I, Gloria, was nearly five years old. What fun to have a baby brother to play with. In the years that followed, another brother, Neil, and a sister, Melody, joined our family.

Dennis was a very determined and very capable little one. Mother had often made a practice of putting the children to bed and then going out to the barn to do the evening milking, when Dad was out working in the field. Dennis was still very young when he mastered the art of escaping from the crib where he was put to sleep. Down the stairs he would go and head for the barn. Mom would return with him and pop him back into bed. Sometimes she would hardly make it down the stairs and across the living room before she would hear that crib squeak, those little feet touch the floor, and the pitter-patter of Dennis making his descent.

Dennis was still quite young when you could find him standing, not tall enough to sit, at Mom’s treadle sewing machine. How I wish I had some of his creations to show you!

Dennis had a delightful head of hair. When he was still a pre-schooler, I loved to curl his hair and Dennis would tolerate this whole process quite nicely. This curling took place in a number of ways, including metal curlers and pin curls. Great care was required when his hair was curled with a hot curling rod. This resembled the electric curling iron of today but the big difference was that of course there was no electricity and this curling rod was heated by placing it in the chimney of an oil-burning lamp. I was thankful for the cooperation from Dennis as I so wished I had a sister! Melody did not arrive til I was nearly 13.

We grew up on a farm that was without electricity or telephone and the field work was powered by horses. Livestock were raised for meat and milk, a large garden was grown and berries were picked from the plants that grew in the area – blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, saskatoons and chokecherries.

We as children were also nourished with love and affection from our parents and taught ever so many things by working alongside Dad and Mom. Our parents were also faithful in taking us to church regularly and seeing that we had our Scripture verses memorized each week. Bible Camp at Nakamun Lake was also special to us.

The Kennett children all enjoyed our horse, Tiny. One of our favorite photos of Tiny was called Seven Up — yes, seven of us on his back at once. Of course the cousins were also involved! We could do most anything with him. Dennis and I also curled and braided Tiny’s mane and tail hair!

Just before his sixth birthday, Dennis joined Freddie and me on the one-mile walk to the Baseline where we caught the school bus into Alcomdale. There we attended a three-room school. Once finished grade nine, Dennis was off to Riviere Qui Barre for high school.

Following high school (1961) Dennis was in Swan Hills at a service station. After about a year he was doing wireline work at the oil wells. In 1961 Dennis was with Otis Engineering as a wireline operator. He worked at Rainbow Lake, Fort Liard and Fort Nelson in northern Alberta and then at Red Deer managing the operations.

Dennis and Sharon met in Red Deer and were married April 15, 1967 at Brownfield, Alberta. We enjoy looking back at their wedding photo.

In the spring of 1970, Dad and Mom left the farm and moved onto an 80-acre hobby farm, near Westlock. Dennis and Sharon moved into the Kennett farmhouse on the 5th Meridian and took up farming. While they were living there on the farm, Lonny was born in Edmonton. When Lonny was just a few months old Dennis left for Trinidad, with Sharon and Lonny following a month later. Dennis worked in the oil industry in Trinidad. A couple who were friends of the family lived at the farm, looked after it and farmed it for Dennis.

In October of 1974 Dennis, Sharon and Lonny left Trinidad, spent 10 days in Texas putting together their goods and then they flew to the Middle East, to Qatar – where Sharon could drive and they lived in a house – not at a compound. A year later the oil industry work Dennis was doing was out in the sea on platforms and Sharon and Lonny were being left on their own so Dennis and family moved back to Alberta. For the next year Dennis spent 30 days at work and then 30 days at home, flying back and forth every month. The last trip Dennis made out of the Middle East was a scary trip and he chose not to go back. [Lonny, you were travelling around the world as a baby/pre-schooler and I hadn’t even been to Calgary until after I was married.]

From 1975 on, Dennis, Sharon and Lonny were at the farm. Friends and cousin Rodney helped with the grain and cattle as Dennis was often away with his oil work.
In 1977, Dennis, along with a couple friends started Solid Wireline – his first company. Sharon and Lonny were in Whitecourt with Dennis when Karmen was born.

When Karmen was a month old, the family moved to Red Deer. Eventually they sold the Busby farm to Rodney and bought the farm near Red Deer. At Red Deer, Dennis was running Solid Wireline as well as farming. They had cattle and horses and raised grain crops.

In 1985 Dennis sold his share in Solid Wireline. He started another oil related company that he called LonKar – named after Lonny and Karmen.

With cattle and horses on the farm and running Lonkar, Dennis gradually moved from cattle to buffalo. He eventually had up to 250 buffalo cows. He came home from the Canadian Western Agribition Show and Sale in Regina with his share of prizes. He was able to sell that wonderful lean meat! I’m guessing some of you enjoyed it! Thanks, Dennis, for the packages of bison meat that you gave to us to stock our deepfreeze.

In 1994 Dennis sold Lonkar. But it wasn’t long before he bought a picker truck. Kennett Services came into being and his truck was seen on the Alberta highways. Kennett Services ran for about 10 years. Many of Dennis’ friends and family were sporting hats like this [SHOW] and drinking coffee from wonderful thermos cups like this one [SHOW] that my husband George still uses daily!

Besides the trucks that Dennis had related to his work in the oil industry, he had an old, inexpensive “buffalo truck” that he used when he needed to go into the bison pasture. No way he wanted to go in on foot or have one of his good vehicles bunted and bashed by a buffalo! One day a bison calf was found exploring the house deck!

In 2006 Dennis sold his big machinery and started renting out his crop land. Eventually it was time to sell the land. He had to keep the house and buildings and a few animals! It was time to take up his hobby. But his hobby was work! Dennis was always a hard worker and one who enjoyed people. In those later years he found he loved baling with his John Deere tractor and baler. How many fields around here have had Dennis making tracks in them? When it came to retiring, with Dennis it was always “one more year!”

Participating in a harvest in Australia was on Dennis’ bucket list. In 2010 he and Sharon went to spend time with Sharon’s relatives in South Australia. And … the relatives’ neighbors, who hauled their grain to the silo, were Kennetts. These Australian Kennetts traced their heritage back to Kent, England, the same county where our Kennett grandparents and three young children were before 1906!

Dennis and Sharon became members of CrossRoads Church and are thankful for the many people here that have supported them, through their friendship and prayers.

As Karmen says, her Dad would make friends absolutely everywhere he went, to the point that you couldn’t tell if someone was a long-time friend or he had just met them. Dennis was full of life; he never stopped thinking and moving. He was driven, determined, generous and loved life.

Dennis like to call himself “Dennis the Menace” his entire life and got great pleasure pulling pranks on others. He was adventurous and travelled to many parts of the world. This was noted in the many places he worked.

We know Dennis had a special place in his heart for his two sisters, for which Melody and I are thankful. He spent his final hours doing exactly what he loved, a sleepover and a hug from a granddaughter, gardening and inventing a new gadget. He passed quickly at home . . . like he wrote the script for it.

Dennis had many roles during his life! He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a cousin, a workmate, a friend and a child of God. Sharon has said more than once that today is about Dennis. Yes, it is but Sharon, we want to thank you for your role in the life of Dennis. You have been such a strong supporter and encourager, so flexible and willing to assist Dennis in his many endeavours! Geraldine, Lonny and Karmen and your families, you too have helped to make Dennis what he was. And as I look at all those of you who are here today or watching via the livestream of this service, I thank you for your role in the life of Dennis. Thank you for praying for Sharon and the family. Dennis, we will miss you and we look forward to the day when we can meet you again in Heaven!

Phil Lee, a friend and fellow Councillor of Lonny’s passed this on to me — three Bible verses and comments of Phil.

Proverbs 22:29. "Do you see a man skilled in his work; he will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men". (Dennis was a man who created many innovations in his oilfield work, which led him around the world. His equipment is still used today.)

Proverbs 19:20 "Listen to advice and instruction, and in the end you will be wise". (Dennis was always willing and able to give you heart-felt advice that he thought would benefit you. He deeply cared for everyone to benefit.)

And last but not least, I think DENNIS would like to leave us with this verse !!!! Life's journey!
Jeremiah 6:16 "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls".

1. Parents of Dennis - Ruth (Browning) & Frank Kennett
2. Dennis (center) & Siblings - Gloria, Melody, Neil & Fred
3. Dennis, Melody, Neil, Gloria & Fred

Esther Campbell

Posted at 03:28pm
Dearest Sharon
My memories of you and Dennis go back a long way; I remember with fondness the special times George and I shared with you in Israel. I have memories too of Lonny and Karmen as they were growing up in the church. Today I send my heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your children. May you feel God's presence, protection and comfort today and in the days ahead. I'm sorry that I was unable to attend the service for Dennis but will view it at a later date. Esther Campbell

Brenda Hoskin

Posted at 09:14am
Our sympathies to you and our family, Sharon, at this difficult time. My you find peace in the many wonderful memories you have

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