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Owen Kenny

A Rosary for Owen Arthur Kenny of Grass Valley will be conducted at noon Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with a Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Graveside services will follow at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley. A reception will follow the graveside services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Hall.

Mr. Kenny died Monday, Jan. 3, in Grass Valley. He was 74.

He was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Oakland, to Thomas E. and Sara M. Kenny. He graduated from Polytchnic High School in San Francisco in 1947. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He graduated from the San Francisco Police Academy on April 16, 1952.



He served with the San Francisco Police Department for 32 years, retiring as a sergeant. He competed in two Police Olympics and as a member of the Coral Sea Committee. He was key in developing and served as the first executive director of the San Francisco Police Fishing Program.

Of his numerous assignments and duties, his heart belonged to the Mounted Unit. He served as a patrolman and as the “Officer In Charge.” He received numerous awards and accomplishments including June 10, 1977, when Mayor George R. Moscone proclaimed it Sgt. Owen Kenny Day at the Shriners Hospital and in San Francisco. He also received the SFPD’s Bronze Medal of Valor on Nov. 14, 1979; the Distinguished Service Medal on June 8, 1984; was on the Board of Directors of the S.F. Police Fishing Board. About 15 years after his retirement, on June 9, 1999, Chief Fred Lau acknowledged Sgt Kenny’s service to the Mounted Unit by naming a horse “Kenny” in his honor.




He and his wife, Nancy, retired to Grass Valley in 1982. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and was Area Governor of the Sons in Retirement. He was instrumental in establishing the Parish’s annual Crab Feed, which is now known as “The Owen Kenny Annual Crab Feed.”

He is survived by his wife, Nancy G. Kenny; twin sister, Florence DeCosse; sons Owen A. Kenny, and Steven Kenny; daughters and sons-in-law Leslie and Bob Estes, Lynn and Mark Griffith, Laura and Tom Croll, and Diane and Tony Richardson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cooper; 34 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas E. and Sara M. Kenny; brother, Thomas E. Kenny; first wife, Colleen Fyfe Kenny; grandsons Miles Murray, and Andrew Facana; sister-in-law, Virginia Thorton; and brother-in-law, Herbert DeCosse.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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