Jack Bertel Kenyon
Our Dad, Jack B Kenyon, passed away in the early morning on October 31, 2018. He was born May 10, 1933 in Livingston, MT to Darl and Mary. In 1937, he and his dad moved to Columbus, MT. He grew up there and enjoyed playing basketball and football, and also worked in the grocery store. After high school, he joined the Montana National Guard and served in a position laying wire for communications.
In 1954, he met Dona Ballenger on a blind date. They were married November 25, 1955. That same year, he became a police officer in Columbus. After that, he briefly worked for the state of Montana operating highway scales and later took an opportunity with the Montana Highway Patrol. After receiving training, he was sworn in as a patrolman. Dad and Mom moved to Shelby MT in 1959 as his first assignment. He also became involved in the Masonic Lodge while in Shelby.
In 1971, Dad moved the family to Billings, and in 1973 he was promoted to Sergeant. He took the nearest opening and moved back to Columbus where he served the remainder of his career. While in Columbus, in 1976, he met and married Roberta Webb. Due to health problems, he retired in 1987. He was active in the town council, the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star also served as Mayor of Columbus for a few years. After Roberta’s death, in December of 2000, Dad moved to Billings in the summer of 2001 to be near his children.
Dad had a sense of humor and always had fun stories about playing sports, fishing, camping, and his life as a highway patrolman. There were many funny stories and sad ones. He saw a lot of death while on the patrol. Dad was an excellent pistol shot and taught us a respect for firearms and a love of country.
He will be missed by Robert (Vickie) Kim Abrahams and sons Blake and Jordan; Jack Steven (Donna) grandchildren Ryan, Kobi and Emily (David); LeAnne Tibesar (Nick) grandchildren Noah (Brooke) Adam (Ryan) and great grandchildren Maclane, Bronsan and Everenn.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Johns Chapel Court and Senior Independence Hospice for taking such good care of him and making our last weeks as comfortable as possible.
We will have a celebration of dad’s life on Tues. Nov. 13th at 10:30 am at Faith Chapel 517 Shiloh Road (Broadwater Entrance) with a Reception will follow. Burial will be in Columbus, MT. in Mountainview Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Dad had a soft spot for the Shriners Children’s Hospital and St Jude’s. Memorials may be made to them or St John’s Senior Independence Hospice.