Donald Brian Kenno
"Dondi", 62, Windber, passed away peacefully, March 23, 2020 at home surrounded by family and his beloved dogs after a courageous two and a half year hard fought battle with cancer. Born January 25, 1958 in Windber. A 1976 Windber High School graduate, he met the love of his life while working at Better Tires. They married and made Windber their home. The result was a 38-year marriage to the center of his world, Kim, 5 children that he loved with all his heart, and 5 grandchildren that he cherished and will now protect as their guardian angel. During his time here, Donald had a long career in maintenance and engineering that began at Better Tires and continued on to Bethlehem Steel Johnstown Axle Plant, Pepsi, Galikers, and Walmart Distribution. He enjoyed a well made fire, camping with family and friends, fishing, hunting, and DJing. He never missed the opportunity to help others, give you advice, express his emotions, or make an inappropriate joke. Of these things he was certain: Elvis had the best drummer, Back to the Future was the best movie, the louder the music the better, and that you could get a good look at a t-bone by sticking your head up a bull's a**, but wouldn't you rather take the butcher's word for it? His feistiness and stubbornness served him well throughout his life and even in his waning months he was a model of strong will and determination right up until the end of his journey here on Earth. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly (Rhoades); Children, Briana Obetts (Robert), Brandon (Jessica), Latesha, Miranda, and Chamara; Grandchildren, Shawn, Honor, Evalena, Holden, and Jackson; mother, Margaret Santichen; siblings, Cynthia Hassan (Jamil), Michael (Cindy), and Rebecca Beri (Doug). Also survived by mother-in-law, Judy Rhoades; brothers-in-law, Kevin Rhoades (Dorinda) and Shawn Rhoades, and sister-in-law Kathleen Feathers (Michael). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and fondly remembered by numerous friends and colleagues. He leaves behind two dogs, Radar and Diamond, who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald E. Kenno; step-father, Frank Santichen; father-in-law, James E. Rhoades, and sister-in-Law, Molly Rhoades. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered, we will be having a memorial and celebration of life when the world allows and we hope that all who were inspired by his life will attend.
Published on March 25, 2020


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Daryl and Danna Miller
Apr 07, 2020
We’re sorry for your loss. Your family is missed at the campground we’re praying for you
Your Kennametal Bedford Friends
Mar 31, 2020
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Joseph Piatek
Mar 28, 2020
A good Man that will be sadly Missed by all who Know Him ! Rest Easy my Friend! Till we meet again
Mar 28, 2020
I never had the oppurtunity to meet you , but your daughter spoke highly of you...May you rest in Peace and watch over all your loved ones...
Prayers to your family
Mary (Dona) Makin & Eric Makin
Mar 26, 2020
He was a special person. Treated everyone with kindness. Will never forget him and the memories when he worked at Better Tires.
James Geyer
Mar 26, 2020
I want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Kenno family. I will be praying for you through this tough time. Don seemed like an amazing guy.
TJ, James, Glenn, Arek, and Hao
Mar 26, 2020
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Judy Rhoades
Mar 26, 2020
I always thought of you as one of my sons I'll never forget the first story you told me. on the first day I met you about the pigs flying. Fly high Don I'll never forget you. Love You.
Mar 26, 2020
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Joy Frazier
Mar 26, 2020
We loved Don so much. His jokes during majorette and band competitions were priceless. The way he pitied our girls ' pre k teacher made us crack up every day he got the girls off the bus. Mary Anne and I miss him very much.
Alek and Lorraine Beri
Mar 26, 2020
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