Kenneth “Obie” D. Obenour

April 11, 1945 ‒ August 27, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Kenneth “Obie” D. Obenour, age 64, of Marion, died Thursday morning, August 27, 2009, at the Marion General Hospital following an extended illness.

Ken was born in Marion, Ohio, on April 11, 1945, the son of the late Edwin and Esther (Miller) Obenour. A lifelong resident of Marion, he graduated from the Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1964.

On April 10, 1971, Ken married his loving wife of over thirty eight years, Shanann (Tiller) Obenour.

For several years, Ken worked as a Marion City Policeman. Later, he and his wife, Shanann worked together as extradition officers in Marion.

A “die hard Cleveland Browns fan,” Obie rooted for his beloved team through thick and thin. When he wasn’t rooting for the Browns, he was avidly collecting football cards and football memorabilia.

“The town clown,” Obie lived to make people laugh! He also loved to be surrounded by his grandchildren.

Kenneth was deeply appreciative for the prayers and support from everyone at the New Covenant Fellowship Church, and especially for Rev. Steve Job.

Obie will be missed by his wife, Shanann S. Obenour of Marion; four children: Rex (Lydia) Obenour, Kathy (Donald) Large, both of Marion, Shawnda DeCorse, and Kristine (Arturo) Oviedo, both of Yuma, Arizona; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters: Lois (John) Stine, Iris (Richard) Lower, both of Marion, and Sherri (John) Sharp of Jeffersonville, Indiana; one brother, Paul (Bonnie) Obenour of Marion; parents-in-law: William and Kathleen Tiller; brother-in-law, William (Lori) Tiller, both of Marion; sister-in-law, Linda Tiller of Mesa, Arizona; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Obie was preceded in death by six brothers: Gerald, Rex, Keith, John Karl, Don and Roger Obenour; and one sister, June Obenour Betz.

Services for Kenneth will be observed privately by his family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family in care of the funeral home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

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