Kenneth Wayne Watson, 79, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017 at home, surrounded by family in Cary, North Carolina. Born in Oak Park on Feb. 22, 1938, he was a graduate of OPRF High School. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked as an apprentice electrician and then at Brigance Chevrolet in Oak Park as a fleet sales manager for 10 years. He went on to manage the warehouse for J.H. Lehnen Plumbing & Heating Supply Co. until 1984 and finished his career working for Benjamin Moore & Co. before retiring in 1997. A lifelong car enthusiast, he was known as a jack-of-all-trades and kept busy always fixing something or helping out a friend, family member, or, often, strangers. He also enjoyed traveling across country by car and camping and had a special place in his heart for the Rocky Mountains. He was dedicated to caring for his family as they experienced ill health, especially his mother, brother Bob, and his beloved wife, Sandy.
Kenneth Watson is survived by his sister, Carol (Harry) Armes; his children, Debbie (Paul) Edwards, Bonnie (Simon) Taylor and Kenneth Jr. (Michele); and his grandchildren, Rebecca (David), Robert (Kelley), Rachel, Tim, Maxwell and Kevin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ethel Watson; his wife, Sandra (Jackson) Watson; and his brothers, Robert, Charles, Curtis, and John.
Services will be Private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the American Lung Association would be appreciated.
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