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Kenneth P. DeVole, veteran of Air National Guard

April 17, 1961 – Aug. 3, 2016

SANBORN – Kenneth P. “Kenny” DeVole, of Sanborn, who served for 34 years with the New York Air National Guard, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a battle with cancer. He was 55.

He started his military career with the Army in 1978, then enlisted in the Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls. A vehicle operator and a mechanic, he was deployed to Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and attained the rank of master sergeant.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1979 graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield High School. He worked for Calkins Lumber Co. in Sanborn and Delphi Thermal Systems in Lockport. He also was a driver for Buffalo Limousine.

Mr. DeVole was a life member of the Sanborn Fire Company and was a past assistant chief. He also was a life member of the Tri-Community Ambulance Service, where he served as president for 10 years.

He enjoyed snowmobiling in the Adirondacks and helping his second family at Hoover’s Dairy whenever he had free time.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Deah M. Klemp; a son, Michael; three daughters, Danielle, Diana and Amy Krieger; his father, Arthur; a brother, James; four sisters, Catherine, Madeline “Mindy” Wick, Deborah Pace and Diane Haseley; and three grandchildren.

The Sanborn Fire Company will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Rhoney Funeral Home, 5893 Hoover Road, Sanborn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

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