Obituary: Kenneth (Kenny) Kacal

Kenneth (Kenny) Kacal, 70, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away January 9, 2021 in Waxahachie, Texas. He succumbed to his Lord due to Covid pneumonia. Kenny was born in Chicago, Illinois, May 2, 1950.

Kenneth attended McMurry University in Abilene and graduated from Angelo State University. In 1969 while in college at McMurry he met and married Kathy Sigman. He was a coach and superintendent at West Texas Boys Ranch for 13 years in San Angelo. He then worked for Town and Country Food Stores as a district manager for 14 years. Town and Country transferred him to the metroplex where he settled in Waxahachie. The company sold to Fina Gas and Oil and after 10 years with Fina he retired. Kenny was never known for doing nothing at home so he went to work for long time friends and owners of Smart Stop in Midlothian after another 8 years in retail he retired again. It was then he began substitute teaching and loved the interaction again with young people at Maypearl and Venus ISD. He was always reading sports books and the kids would ask, “Mr. K what are you reading today?” This gave him the opportunity to encourage them to read, he would tell them “I didn’t like to read when I was in school but now I know how important it is to know how to read well and for all the knowledge available out there.” His motto at Boys Ranch and in his entire life was “If I can only help one young person to make the right choice in their life then my lifetime of efforts has not been wasted."

Kenny was an avid sports fan and collector, His passion was baseball, then track and football. He was a diehard Houston Astro fan, sharing his passion with his wife, Kathy, dragging her to an Astro’s game just two weeks before the birth of their daughter. In his lifetime he touched many lives, he was generous, kind, and always thinking of what he could do to help others. He would call his children and grandchildren just to say hi and to hear their voices.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathy, daughter Kara Noland and husband Brad of Millersburg, Indiana; son Kenneth Kacal of Stockholm, Sweden; three grandchildren, Ashlee Goldthorpe and husband Edward of Chillicothe, Ohio, Ryan Noland of Millersburg, Indiana and Jennifer Kacal of Stockholm, Sweden; brother Robert Kacal, sisters Carol Dollery, and Sherry Kacal all of Waco, and many nieces and nephews. Kenneth is preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Michelle Kacal, his mother Alice and Robert Kacal, one brother John Kacal. This family has lost a brother, dad, and husband. He will be missed their entire lives.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held this summer in Waco.  Check the Daily Light for information.

Published on January 15, 2021