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Kenneth Gerard Menard

2024-01-05

In loving memory of Kenneth Gerard Menard, affectionately known as Ken, who was born on December 24, 1944, in Buffalo, NY, to Eugene Kenneth Menard and Claire Pauline Gingrass Menard. Ken peacefully passed away on January 5, 2024, in Jacksonville, FL, surrounded by his loving family. Ken was a devoted husband, loving father, cherished brother and very proud grandfather.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife, Lisa Feagin, who stood by his side through life’s joys and challenges and by his children Claire Menard-Hillis (Daniel) and Michael Menard (Laura), as well as his step-daughter Erica Corbett. He is also survived by his sister Angel Catherine (Kay) Fickenwirth, sister Claire Adam, brother Guy Menard (Marcia), mother-in-law Jacquelyn Feagin, sister-in-law and brother-in-law LeAnne Feagin Heard and Jack Heard and former wife Maria Pilar Menard. He was additionally blessed with a granddaughter, Caiya Menard, and step-grandchildren Raphael Hillis, Nicole Hillis, Jorden Bjorn, Ella Bjorn, Lavery Drake, and Lyle Drake, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ken’s family was the center of his world, and his legacy of love and devotion will continue to live on through them.
Ken is preceded in death by his beloved sisters, Joy Hummell (James) and Margaret Cuzydlo (Charles), as well as his brother-in-law Ronald Fickenwirth and father-in-law Luther Feagin. Their memories will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved them. Ken proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years, achieving the esteemed rank of Master Chief Petty Officer before retiring. His duty stations included Rota, Spain (twice); Newport, RI; Norfolk, VA; and finally, Mayport, FL. His dedication and commitment to duty exemplified the highest standards of service, earning him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and superiors alike.
Following his retirement from the Navy, Ken embarked on a new chapter in his life, entering the automobile business. With his unparalleled work ethic, dedication, and leadership skills honed during his military service, Ken quickly excelled at the dealership level, earning numerous sales awards and rising to positions of management. After 28 years and several dealerships, Ken retired full time marking an end to a remarkable chapter in his career.
Ken and Lisa shared a passion for adventure and travel, embarking on many unforgettable journeys together on their motorcycle. One of their most epic adventures was a cross-country journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. As they traversed the vast expanse of the United States, Ken and Lisa created cherished memories, exploring new places, and experiencing the beauty of the open road. Their motorcycle travels symbolized their adventurous spirits and their deep bond as partners in life’s journey. Whether cruising along scenic highways or navigating through challenging terrain, Ken and Lisa faced each adventure with courage, resilience, and an unwavering sense of togetherness.
In later years, his passion turned from motorcycles to classic cars. He and Lisa delighted in attending classic car shows and cruise-ins. Ken’s love for classics extended beyond admiration, as he also owned several cherished vehicles himself, including his treasured 1954 Chevrolet Belair that often took home awards from shows and cruise ins.
Ken’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Zoller for his compassionate care and dedication throughout Ken’s journey. They are also immensely grateful to the care team at Community Hospice and Palliative Care for their unwavering support and comfort during Ken’s final days.
Additionally, the family extends their deepest appreciation to Richard and Gail Turpen for their extraordinary friendship, love, and support during this difficult time. Their presence and kindness provided invaluable comfort and strength to Ken and his loved ones.

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