Leonard T. Kirkendall

May 04, 2013


WAYNESVILLE — Leonard Theodore “Lenny” Kirkendall, 66, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013, at The Homestead.

A native of Corning, New York, he was the son of the late Leonard Theodore and Florence Shea Goodrich.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Kirkendall.

Lenny served his country for 28 years and retired from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant.  He then worked and retired from the City of Miami Police Department as well as the Haywood County Department of Corrections.

Lenny was a volunteer for the Center Pigeon Fire Department and was an elder at Our Savior Lutheran Church, where he was member.  His passion was his family, especially his grandchildren and his two Pomeranians, Smokey and Patch.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Kirkendall; a son, Dylan Kirkendall and his wife, Kristy, of Gastonia, North Carolina; two sisters, Pat LaChance of Paris, Kentucky, and Jennifer Martin and her husband, James, of Litiz, Pennsylvania; a brother, Michael Goodrich; two grandchildren, Jakob and Tyler Kirkendall and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Pastor John Greene and Pastor Jim Roseman officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church Building Fund, 785 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, NC 28721 or Center Pigeon Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 875, Canton, NC 28716.

For those who desire, an on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at “www.wellsfuneralhome.com”