Kenney, Reed J

January 31, 1929 – December 21, 2020
at the age of 91 years

Reed passed away at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, BC, where he had resided for the last year and a half.  He was 91 years old.

Reed was born in 1929 at Raymond, Alberta to Frank and Crystal Kenney.  In 1950 he married Dolores Schinnour and they had a family.  Reed was a Master Sales Leader for GM many years in a row.  He had a knack for selling cars.  He worked selling cars in Lethbridge, Morrin and Drumheller.  In 1968 Reed moved his family to Salmon Arm.  Reed worked for Honest Mike’s then moved over and worked at Braby’s.  In 1972 Reed and his friend went out on their own buying and selling cars from auctions in Calgary and Vancouver.  They made hundreds of trips over the next five years.

Reed, Dolores and their son Jack moved to Vernon in 1978.  Reed started ”Kenney Sales Ltd.” which was a used car lot located at 4306 29th St. in Vernon.  Fifteen years later Reed decided to sell his car lot and retire.  He tried retirement for a couple of years and decided it just wasn’t working for him, so he went back to work selling cars for Gerald White in Armstrong and Vernon.  After seven or eight years, Reed gave retirement another try.

Reed’s hobbies included horseshoes and bowling.  He bowled on a team in Salmon Arm right up until COVID-19 closed things down.  Reed loved baseball and watching the Blue Jays.

Reed will be greatly missed by his daughter Lily-Ann Young of Salmon Arm, his sister Donna Glenn of Red Deer, Alberta, his brother Wayne Kenney of Parry Sound, Ontario, son-in-law Cliff Eliason (Sharon) of Armstrong, BC, sister-in-law Yvonne Schinnour of Salmon Arm.  Reed will also be missed by his grandchildren Jason (Karmen) of Red Deer, Alberta, Brad (Amy) Gien, Noblesville, Indiana, Tracy (Mike) Eliason-Norgren, Salmon Arm, Kevin (Sheryl) Gien, Chase, BC, Chad Eliason, Salmon Arm and Kris (Val) Gien, Bulverde, Texas as well as thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Reed was predeceased by his wife Dolores in 2008, his daughter Joy Eliason in 2017 and his son Jack Kenney in 2019.

A family celebration of life will be held in the summer, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Thank you to everyone at Hillside Village who played an important role in Reed’s life.  Your kindness was appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be welcome.

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  1. Reed was the first person we met when we moved to Vernon, B.C. He was a friendly, wonderful friend. We took many trips with him and Dolores. We will miss him very much.

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