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Alvin “Kenneth” Jennings, 94, of rural Holden, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021, at his home.

Ken was born October 13, 1926 in Holden, the son of Ralph Jennings and Nellie May (Specker) Jennings.

He attended Holden Schools.

He served in the United States Army during WWII, which was the only time he wasn’t on the farm.

Ken was united in marriage to Lucille F. Gordon on April 30, 1949 in Leeton. In addition to farming, he owned Ken’s Hardware in Holden from 1967 to 1971.

Ken was a lifetime member (76 years) of Elm Spring Baptist Church. He was also a lifetime member of Holden V.F.W. Memorial Post #5844.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 73 years, Lucille; son, Larry Jennings of Holden, MO; two daughters, Linda Brown (Warren) of Liberty, MO and Rosalee Wilson (Rob) of Lenexa, KS; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Jennings of Independence, MO; sister, Carmen Ailor of Holden, MO; 11 grandchildren, Valarie Jennings, Sarah Jennings, Doug Brown, Michelle McElhiney, April Poff, Suzanne Wilson Yao, Janene Jennings, Jerome Jennings, Jeremy Jennings, Christina Hey-Parrino and Matthew Hey; two step-grandchildren, Christyle Parrino and Sterling Parrino; and five great-grandchildren, Cole Atkinson, Chase Atkinson, Anna McElhiney, Ella McElhiney and Lylla McElhiney.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth E. Jennings; sister, JaNell Shippy; and two brothers, Bud Jennings and Wilbur Jennings.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20 at Elm Spring Baptist Church with Pastor Robin Dale officiating.

There will be a private interment at Rock Springs Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC, John Knox Hospice, or Elm Spring Baptist Building Fund, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

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