CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — Kenneth C. Nolan, 81, lost his battle with cancer, which he fought since 2015, on Dec. 21, 2022, with his children by his side.

Kenney was the second son born to George and Dorothy Nolan in Rockland on Oct. 17, 1941.

Kenney left Rockland and joined the U.S. Army, where he met his wife Roberta. Kenney was the founder of Post #4 of the American Legion. Ken and Roberta also opened a restaurant, the K+R Café, where they worked side by side along with their children. Kenney also worked as a trucker for the OK Trucking Company. After retirement he drove the coach, taking different kids to their school games. As a hobby, Kenney loved making things and working in his son’s vegetable garden.

Home was always Rockland, and Kenney so loved coming home. He loved spending time with his family and friends, going to their houses to visit those that could not visit him. He did whatever he could to help his class mates when they met at class reunions. Kenney loved his lobsters, and his daughter Beth would ship lobsters and Moxie to him for his birthday, with Moxie to give to his grandson as well. Kenney and his brother-in-law Richard also helped with his sister’s to-do list.

Kenney loved his kids and going to visit to spend time with them. His family meant everything to him. He was very strict with his kids, a lot of tough love, but they so loved their dad and thanked him for being the dad that he was. He loved spending the holidays with them.

Kenney loved life and enjoyed his time with all of his family. He was so much fun to be with, always meeting new people. He had a great sense of humor and used it a lot. He took pride in everything he did.

Kenney lived with his son Kenney Jr. and his wife Pam. Kenney Jr. stood by his father and helped him, taking care of him until the end, along with his daughters Laurie and Lois.

Kenney was predeceased by his mom and dad; his wife Roberta; daughter Beth; granddaughter Lizzie Duran; five cousins; sister Maude Ames; brothers-in-law Ken Ames and Richard Penney; Donna Thurlow; and brothers Charlie and George Nolan Jr.

Kenney is survived by his loving children, Mary Lou and Laurie of Ohio, Crystal Cain, Kenney Jr. and his wife Pam and Lois and husband Steve Dougie, all of Indiana; sisters Beth Penney of Rockland and Peggy Nolan of Orland; loving niece Raquel Seavey; nephew Shawn Seavey; and their father Emery Seavey; and their extended family of Marion Penney, two cousins, several second cousins, 15 grandkids, 17 great-grandkids, four great-great-grandkids, and many friends.

Beth, Kenney’s sister, could not make it to Indiana, so she honored her brother with a celebration of his life on Jan. 14 at the Salvation Army. Flowers were not requested, and instead, donations can be made to the Salvation Army in Rockland or to St. Jude’s Hospital, his favorite charity.

I never thought I would be writing this, and it has taken me a long time. My big brother meant the world to me, and we were so close, always being there for each other. I miss and love you so much, Kenney, it’s breaking my heart to lose you. But you are pain free now flying high with the angels. You went through so much, you deserve your wings. Rest in peace. I miss you and love you so much.

Love, sis.