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Kenneth Sudbury

June 7, 1932 — December 2, 2020

Kenneth J. Sudbury, 88, of Amarillo passed away at his home on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Kenneth will be available for viewing from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the funeral home. Private interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Kenneth was born June 7, 1932 in Post, Tx to J.B. and Mildred Sudbury. After several moves, they settled in Amarillo. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1950. He married his high school sweetheart, Marletta “Punky” Ingram, April 1, 1951 in Clayton, NM. They were married 66 years. Kenneth worked in various jobs selling cars and furniture until he landed a job at Pantex. He worked in assembly engineering and retired as a Senior Project Manager. He was very proud of his career. Kenneth had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was known to pull pranks on his co-workers and friends and always had a story to tell. He loved God, his family, his church, and his friends with all he had. Kenneth and Marletta were very active members at North Amarillo Church of Christ where they had a tight circle of friends. They camped together and fellowshipped together every chance they got. They were more like a big family.

Kenneth had a big heart and would help anyone in need anyway he could. He and Marletta took in four additional teenagers to raise until they could get on their own. They helped other people get on their feet when they met hard times. Kenneth would always find a job for them to do, or a place for them to stay, and would help them to help themselves. Sometimes all he needed to do was offer advice, but he was always ready to help. He bought their house in 1967 and began remodeling it. He worked on that house for over 30 years and it was his pride and joy. It was his happy place. He also enjoyed working on cars, buying and selling them. He and Marletta loved to camp and would go every summer. They were members of the Good Sam Club. Kenneth loved to read and enjoyed history, particularly the history of the Panhandle region of Texas. He also loved doing extensive research on the origin and history of this family.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marletta.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Elizabeth McGinty and partner Ron Ostmann of Carbon, TX, Lynn Anne Sudbury of North Richland Hills, TX, and Bonnie Broussard of Carmine, TX; his son Jim Bob Sudbury and wife Rhonda of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; his sisters Billie Phifer and husband Bill and Marilyn Tyler, and his brothers Johnny “Soapy” Sudbury and Sammy Sudbury and wife Valerie; and many loving nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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