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James A. Keneske, 89, of Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late James G. and Bernice M. King Keneske.
On July 18, 1953, he married Ellen R. Stubber who preceded him in death on June 2, 2002.
James lived in Johnsonburg all his life. He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and served in the Marines during WWII, including the battle of Okinawa where he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church and the Rolfe Beagle Club. He enjoyed being a woodworker, cabinet maker and gardener, and especially enjoyed time with his family.
He worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill for more than 40 years before retiring in 1985.
He is survived by a son, Kerry (R. Jean) Keneske of Johnsonburg; two grandchildren, Kristen (Brian) Huff of Johnsonburg and Kerry Jo (Jesse) Elmquist of Wilcox; and five great-grandchildren, Cameron and Kaci Stelene, and Jack, Gracie and Will Elmquist.
James was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and William Keneske; and one sister, Betty Nelson.
A funeral service for James A. Keneske will be held Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Jay Tennies officiating.
There will be no visitation. The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church.
Interment will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Johnsonburg.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church or Elk Haven Nursing Home (Activities).