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Kenneth E. “Million Mile Man” Shove

September 10, 2016

St. Marys—Kenneth E. Shove, 87, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the St. Marys Manor.

He was born July 6, 1929 at Havensville, the son of Kenneth James and Muriel Joy Lederer Shove.  Mr. Shove graduated from Havensville High School in 1948.  He served in the United States Navy from 1950 until 1954 during the Korean War, aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Harry E. Hubard DD748.

He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 41 years.  Kenny lived in Silver Lake for 31 years where he served on the City Council and the Fire Department and served as Chief.  He was a Boy Scout Leader and was a Trustee for the Silver Lake Township.  Mr. Shove was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church.

Kenny was an avid motorcyclist, riding a favorite, Harley Davidson Motorcycle since 1956, retiring his leathers in 2011.  He earned the nickname “Million Mile Man” riding just about every day at least 100 miles.  He traveled across the United States many times, attending numerous rallies and H.D. functions.  He and his friend Norbert Brady, were instrumental in starting the New Year’s Day H.D. Ride in Topeka, a family activity faithfully attended by friends and families of Topeka Harley Davidson, regardless of the weather.  Kenny’s son, daughter and son-in-law, Hal, carry on the family Harley tradition.  Kenny said they started the ride because “they were bored”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Galen Lyle Shove in 1977.

Survivors include his son, Raymond James Shove, Carbondale; his daughter, Vicky Sue (Hal “Big Guy”) Jones, Lake Wabaunsee; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Mr. Shove will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time on Saturday.  Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys United Methodist Church or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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9 thoughts on “Kenneth E. “Million Mile Man” Shove

  1. So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember him and his Harley from grade school days in Silver Lake. Always was a pleasant man to have a chat with. I wish you all my best in this troubled time. He can be “at ease” now.

  2. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of you father. He was a very caring and kind man. We will always remember visiting with him at the Silver Lake Restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  3. Vicky, I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a wonderful man and very kind. He will be missed by many I know. Please know that we are sending warm thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. God be with you all during this difficult time…

  4. Vicky and Ray,
    I’m so sorry to hear we’ve lost Uncle Eldon. I will never forget those awesome Harley rides he gave us every Fourth of July! We waited in a line, and woe to those who stepped out of that line because they had to go to the back and wait even longer! Thinking of you both.
    Much love,
    Kim

  5. Vicky, I am so sorry for your loss, I didn’t know these things about your dad but wow what a full life and wonderful legacy. I’ll pray for peace for you and your loved ones during this trying time. Peace and God bless.

  6. Vicky & Hal, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I know he was a good man & dearly loved by all of you. Please know that I am thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Homan

  7. I extend my sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed Kenny at the manor. He was always a gentleman , polite and friendly. He will be deeply missed. Charlotte Kling

    • Charlotte, You will always have a special place in our hearts and thank you for all your kindness, caring and fun spirit during Dad’s stay at the Manor. He always had nice things to say about the things you did for him. Vicky Jones & Raymond Shove

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