William T. Kenney, 87

The Baltimore Sun

William Timothy Kenney, a retired loan officer and decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from diabetes Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former longtime Towson resident was 87.

Mr. Kenney was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. He was a 1938 graduate of Loyola High School and attended Loyola College.

During World War II, Mr. Kenney enlisted in the Army and served as a combat medic with Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army in Europe.

Mr. Kenney's decorations included the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

"He was given the Bronze Star for going to the aid of a wounded soldier who was hanging on barbed wire and being shot at by the Germans. He went out and freed him," said his son, Dr. W. Michael Kenney, a Fallston dentist.

Mr. Kenney seldom spoke of his wartime service and only recently received his World War II decorations, his son said.

Discharged in 1944, he returned to Baltimore and worked as a salesman for the Buck Glass Co. in South Baltimore during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then joined the Frank W. Winnie & Son Inc. rope manufacturers, where he was in sales for about a decade.

From 1975 to his retirement in 1982, he was a loan officer for Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association.

He enjoyed playing golf and was a sports fan.

Mr. Kenney was a communicant for many years at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.

His wife of 53 years, the former Rita Ann Miller, died in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

In addition to his son, Mr. Kenney is survived by a sister, Mildred Streckfus of Pasadena; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

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