Obituary for Kenneth Nield
Our beloved Husband, Father, Bumpa, Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Rex Nield returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Kenny was born June 1, 1957 in Anaheim, California to Leonard Rex and Margaret Beverly Toone Nield, whom he looked up to and loved dearly. Soon after, his family moved to the Bitterroot for a short time before settling in Missoula where he spent the rest of this life. Kenny attended Cold Springs, Meadow Hill, and graduated from Sentinel High School in 1975. His cute freckled face and his joking ways got him out of a lot of trouble throughout the years. He would share stories from his youth about Scouting (where he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout), playing church basketball, riding his motorcycle, and working for his dad at Rex’s Building Materials. His most cherished memories, however, involved camping and going to the lake with his family.
Kenny married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Susan Bray, on April 3, 1976. They were later sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) Temple in Idaho Falls on November 28, 1980. Together, they raised three daughters whom he adored and would do anything for. Today, he is known as ‘Bumpa’ to his 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. He loved supporting the grandchildren in any activity they were involved in.
Kenny was a life-long member of the LDS Church. He served in a variety of callings but had a special place in his heart for the many years he spent serving as a Ward Clerk. He was an example of our Savior’s love to all those he came in contact with.
Kenny worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 40 years before retiring in 2016. He took great pride in his work. He was known for how fast he could sort the mail. He also helped Patti with their in-home daycare for 38 years, where they loved and cared for hundreds of children.
He was an avid water-skier, skiing any chance he could, no matter the conditions. He spent hours teaching others not to be ‘landlovers’. Being at the lake brought him great happiness. There were few summer weekends not spent at the lake. This last year, he and Patti fulfilled a life-long dream of owning a cabin at Seeley Lake, where they spent countless hours making it their own.
Kenny enjoyed going on vacation, playing cribbage, working in the yard, celebrating holidays, playing cards with friends, helping others, joking, popcorn, fixing things, anything that involved spending time with family, and his elaborate Christmas displays that were enjoyed by many throughout the years.
Kenny was the most amazing person and was a true example of love and kindness to all. He was always offering a helping hand to anyone in need. As his family, we thank him for all that he did for us, without hesitation, throughout our lives. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Patti; his three daughters Mykell (Rob) Wallace, Stephanie (Josh) Rollins, Traci (Joe) Fulford; grandchildren Brayden, Kade, and Kipten Wallace, Byron, Madison, Dylan, and William Jace Rollins, MaKenna, Mason, Brock, and Tanner Fulford; siblings Cathy (Davie) Swensen, Laurie (Blair) Dance, Les (Mary Lou) Nield, Tana (Bruce) Pratt, mother-in-law Jean Bray; Patti’s sibilings and spouses, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and all the children he and Patti cared for over the years.
Kenny is preceded in death by his parents Rex and Bev Nield; two infant brothers; father-in-law Roy Bray; and all of his grandparents.
The funeral will take place on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the LDS Stake Center 3201 Bancroft at 11:00 am. A viewing will precede the funeral at 10:00 am. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the LDS Missionary Fund at ldsphilanthropies.org or by spreading kindness, as Kenny always did.