In the early morning of November 16th our Dear Lord took my sweet Son Kenny home. We were blessed with his life and presence since March 15, 1973. Kenny preferred to be called Ken, although his family and friends referred to him as Kenny.
Kenny spent his early years in Anaconda and graduated from Anaconda Senior High in 1991. After graduation he proudly enlisted in the Airforce and was a member of Airforce Intelligence. He spent two years in England and finished his Airforce tour at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland. Upon discharge he returned to Montana and attended Montana Tech where he studied Computer Science. He was very talented with Information Technology and built many computers. Kenny spent most of his life between Butte and Anaconda. He had moved to Georgia with his mom, Cindy in 2021 and was in the process of returning to Montana when he developed lung cancer. His only wish at that time was to “go home to Montana.” As his mom, I worked diligently to have made that wish possible. Another wish that I was able to grant was a pork chop sandwich from Peppermint Paddy’s. Although his return consisted of hospitalization, he spent some wonderful moments at the Anaconda Community Hospital visiting with many high school friends. Upon complications, he was life flighted to Missoula where he courageously and stoically received radiation and chemotherapy. He never complained and always remained positive no matter how sick he was. At one time he asked the attending nurse how she was doing. She replied, “I am having a good day.” She then asked him how he was doing, and he replied, “I always have a good day when my heroes have good days.” Other special heroes were his grandfather Jake, and his stepdad Larry both of whom he thought the world of.
Kenny was preceded in death by his stepdad Larry, his dad Richard, his grandparents Jacob and Cecelia Miller, and Elsie Duxbury, his uncles Jacob and Tyrone Miller and his cousins Melinda Maerz and Josh Miller.
Kenny is survived by his mom Cindy LaSalle, special pet/friend Lucy, brother Aaron (Myranda) LaSalle, sister Lindsey (Paul) Oldenburg, aunts and uncles Eyvette (Bob) Miller, Maryemma (Mark) Woodhull, Tony (Monica) Miller, and Bruce Duxbury, cousins Bradee (Jason) Achziger, Carrie (Craig) Ziegler, Jacob Miller, Mark (Tori), Lance, and Amber (Tyler) Woodhull, Jason (Sandee) and Jeremy (Kayla) Miller, and so many special people that shared his life.
Dear Son, ever since you were born, I worried and wondered if I was being the best parent I could. Did I make you feel important? Did we find enough time for the little things – like laughter and hugs and simple everyday moments? And, even when we disagreed, did you always know I love you? Of all the things that I have ever done in my life, one important thing I’d never change is having you for my son. I tried always to show you how blessed and proud I am to be your mother. I love you so very much and will love and miss you forever!
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Kenneth are suggested to the American Cancer Society, local animal shelters, and the local Food Bank. We who are strong must bear the infirmities of the weak. Thank you!
A prayer service with the blessing of his cremated remains will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 29th at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, 107 Oak Street, Anaconda, MT.
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