Arden was born on January 10, 1938 in Jayton, Texas to Harold and Eloise Kenady. Arden was raised and attended school in Aspermont, Texas later moving to Wheeler, Texas. After graduation from Wheeler High School in 1955, Arden moved to Canyon to attend West Texas State to study Biology. In 1958, following his Junior year of college, Arden married Lonnelle Lee. After graduation from West Texas State in 1959, Arden was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and spent two years stationed in Hanau, Germany where he commanded a Howitzer unit in the 18th Artillery Division. Those two years in Germany provided a lifetime of rich stories and experiences that Arden was always quick to share with family, friends and colleagues.
Upon his return from military service, Arden began a 38-year career in Pharmaceutical Sales working for American Home Products, which later became Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. Working a large geographic territory including all of the Texas Panhandle along with parts of Eastern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle, Arden estimated he had easily driven over 1 million miles over his career calling on physicians and pharmacists in a three state area. Arden was always quick to tell you the most direct way to drive from A to B and knew every mile marker between Guymon and El Paso.
Arden loved southern Colorado and built a second home there in the 1970’s in South Fork. Many family vacations were spent building that home in the early years. The cabin in South Fork provided him an opportunity to enjoy time with his family and entertaining friends while skiing at Wolf Creek, fishing in the Rio Grande, golfing, hiking and hanging out at “Blimpies” for coffee with all of his South Fork buddies. Later in life, he spent many memorable days there with his grandchildren.
In his younger years, Arden enjoyed playing competitive volleyball and for a number of years played on teams traveling to events throughout the region even participating in a National tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1974. Arden also enjoyed working his land in Wheeler County clearing brush, working with his tractor and chain saw. Arden loved travel and had visited almost every state in America in addition to numerous countries in Europe where he especially loved returning to Germany on two different occasions. True to his Irish ancestry, each St. Patrick’s day, he traditionally wore a necktie that was over 102 years old and had been handed down through three generations of the Kenady clan. Arden was an easy conversationalist and could strike up a discussion with everyone he encountered. He was a passionate supporter of West Texas A&M athletics including Football, Softball and Basketball.
In Amarillo, Arden and Lonnelle first attended St. Stephens United Methodist Church and later, Polk Street United Methodist where he was involved in the Aldersgate Sunday School Class. Arden served on the Pastor and Parish Committee and many other roles at Polk Street. He would put the “polishing touches” on the bells used for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser every year.
Arden was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Eloise.
He is survived by his wife Lonnelle of the home, their daughters Kimbra Countryman of Cypress, Texas and her husband Mark, Jill Norman of Edmond, Oklahoma and her husband Jeff along with their children Jack and Sidney, a sister Sidney Ann Thomason and her husband Buck of Cranfills Gap, Texas and their three children Stacy, Charles and Trey.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Dan Hendrick, Encompass Home Health and caregiver Brian Trejo for their constant support and care.
The family will have a graveside service at the Wheeler Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 and a funeral service at Polk Street United Methodist Church on Friday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Burt Palmer, senior pastor, and the Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.