Kenneth L. Linville

April 14, 1935 ‒ October 02, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Kenneth L. Linville, age 86, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Saturday October 2, 2021, at Knox Community hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio after a hard-fought battle with Covid. He had recently moved to Mount Vernon from Dade City, Florida to be closer to his family. He was born on April 14, 1935, in Prenter, West Virginia to Millard and Maggie (Dickinson)Linville.

He is survived by 5 children, Kendra (Ken) McKenzie of Fredericktown, Debbie (Scott) Summers of Charleston WV, Jeff (Missy) Linville of Dayton, Dee (Scott) Moore of Hurricane WV and Chuck (Suzy) Linville of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Linville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tommy, Charlie, Loren, sisters Georgia Rosenthal and Betty Nelson, his wife Sandra Sanford Linville in 1982 and his wife Donna Asbury Linville in 2020.

As a teen Ken earned the title of Eagle Scout. Upon graduation in 1954 he entered the United States Marine Corp until 1957, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. He worked many years as a Kanawha County deputy sheriff and eventually retired from the Union Carbide corporation in 1994.

Ken never knew a stranger and was quick to tell anyone that he was from West Virginia, and he was a marine.

After retiring in 1994, he and Donna moved to Mount Vernon and were active for 20 years at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene, then moving on to Dade City, Florida in 2014.

His sense of humor and never quit living attitude will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held for Ken and Donna at a later date.

Donations may be made in his name to Paralyzed Veterans of America at

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  • As Georgia’s son, I have a lot of fond memories of visiting the Linvilles in Printer, WV. I admired uncle Ken and achieved Eagle Scout because of his encouragement. I will miss him but my memories will always be there.

  • Your family is in our prayers.
    May the memories of laughter in the family times together help during this time.

  • Kenny and I were born three months apart and were neighbors at Prenter, near Charleston. We played together as kids, grew up together, graduated from Sherman High together. We both went into the military: He went into the Marines and I went into the USAF. I have lost a lifetime friend. Never saw it coming. Glad to know that he is a brother in Christ. I will be praying for the rest of the family.

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