Obituary: Kenneth Dean Vail, 78, of Palmyra

Kenneth Vail
Posted: Apr. 8, 2019 5:45 pm

Kenneth Dean Vail, 78, of Palmyra, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra. 

The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel of Palmyra.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra.

Mr. Vail was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Palmyra to Grover and Frances Parks Vail.

He was married to Rose Joann Russell on Aug. 21, 1970, in Hannibal. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughters. Sonya Lenz (Paul), Anita Pfeifer (Tom) of Quincy, Ill., and Laurie Martinez (Frank) of Aztec, N.M.; son, Troy Barnett of Palmyra; sister, Shirley Brown of Quincy, Ill.; grandchildren, Jordan Lenz, Joshua Scranton (Sacha), Brandon Scranton ( Alyssa), Josh Martinez, Lauren Martinez and Kaylie Martinez; and great-grandchildren, Klayton, Tanner, Kinsley and Brandi.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother, Robert Vail; and grandson, Jacob Scranton.

Kenneth graduated from Palmyra High School. Professionally Kenneth was a carpenter and architectural woodworker. He retired from Architectural Woodworking of Palmyra. Kenneth enjoyed gardening, fishing and woodworking.

Kenneth was Christian by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center.

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