John William Kenline, a thoughtful, kind, loving, devoted, Christian husband, father and veterinarian passed away at 2 a.m. June 24, 2018, at the age of 87 from complications of Parkinson’s disease and kidney failure.
He was born on January 13, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland to William John Kenline and Mary (Gollnick) Kenline.
After graduating from Franklin High School in Philadelphia in 1948 “Jack” was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean conflict. After serving his country he attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He then continued his education at the University of PA in their prestigious Veterinary Program, becoming a Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD).
He was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and was a member of the Gideons. He was a 3rd degree Mason and Past Master of the Mt. Moriah Lodge. He was active in Prison Ministries as well as the children and adult literacy programs.
He met his wife Dona during the summer of 1960 at the Hot Springs pool in Glenwood Springs while serving an internship with the USDA in Colorado. A month later, they married and stayed that way for the next 58 years. Dona joined him in Philadelphia for his last year of college. After his graduation they moved west where John worked for the USDA for a short time as a meat inspector. In 1967 John and Dona purchased a veterinary practice from Dr. Ron Bell in Canon City, Colorado where “Doc” practiced veterinary medicine until 1998. He cared for large and small animals and those in between often saying that he had “the very best profession”.
In 2003, Jack and Dona became part owners, along with other family members, of a motel in Colorado Springs and have been active in the operations and management of that business for the past 15 ½ years.
He loved the mountains, hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. The mountains regenerated his soul. Together Dona and Jack traveled extensively by car, campers, motorhomes, planes, and ships to most states and several countries.
For many years he loved riding his bicycle; riding all the way to Westcliffe and back. Boating on Lake Pueblo was a family favorite. Jack was a man with boundless energy and the stamina to keep going when all others were giving up. He was always kind, gentle and so very considerate, a man loved by many.
He is survived by his wife, Dona Kenline; sons, William “Bill”, 56, of Colorado Springs, Doug, 55, of Reston VA. Jon, 48, (Michelle) of Penrose, Colorado; grandchildren, Logan and Emma; nephew, John (Christina), and George; niece, Carolyn Livingston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Pat (Bud) George.
Memorial service, Friday July 6, 2018 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 10:30 a.m. with a light lunch afterwards.