Kenneth Kidd passed away peacefully at his home in Fredericksburg on July 18, 2010, at the age of 94. He was born on April 29, 1916, in Mason to Reuben and Eulah Nichols Kidd.
Kenneth joined the Army Air Force after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific. He flew a C-47 transport plane landing on dirt runways in the jungles, being one of the first planes into a combat zone carrying much needed troops, supplies and equipment. He flew a total of 118 missions and 1600 combat hours. He received the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars, and the American Defense and Victory Medals. After the war was over, he was a flight test officer until his honorable discharge from the service. Kenneth was so honored to have served his country.
He then returned to the hill country and married Myra Nell Johnson of Goldthwaite. They lived in Goldthwaite and Fredericksburg, but spent the majority of their 58 years of married life at their beautiful ranch in Loyal Valley. Kenneth was a hard-working loving husband and father. Like many ranchers, he put providing before pleasure in order to give his family the very best of everything he could. And he wove his love of the land and all the creatures on it and the hill country into the lives of his daughters of whom he was so proud and loved so much. The best that can be said- he was a cowboy’s cowboy.
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles
Kenneth is survived by his two daughters- Kate Reed and husband Danny of Austin, Nancy Marchioni and husband Kenneth of Weir, and one step-grandson Nicholas Marchioni of Austin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Myra.
The family is particularly grateful to his loving caregivers: Juanita, Lucy, Carol, Veva, Pauline, and especially Charlotte, who was like a daughter to him.
Funeral services for Kenneth Kidd were held at the Mason Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. on July 22, 2010, with Randall Messick officiating. He was laid to rest with military honors at the Loyal Valley Cemetery following the service. A rider-less horse carrying his saddle and boots stood watch. Pallbearers were Pam Dale, Nicholas Marchioni, John Byerley, Jose Gonzalez, Joseph Stout, and Harold Geistweidt.
Memorials in his honor may be made to the Loyal Valley Cemetery Association.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.