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Alford Waldo Kicenski, age 95, of rural El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away on September 1, 2019, at Community Springs Healthcare. Waldo was born December 30, 1923, in Hutchison, KS, the son of Rev. Arthur and Mildred (Anderson) Kicenski.
Waldo graduated from Jerico Springs High School and attended Drury Business College. As a young man he helped his father as a song leader at revivals.
Waldo married Alice Ford, the love of his life, on May 10, 1947. To this union three children were born and one adopted.
Except for the time Waldo spent in the Army during World War II, where he fought at the Battle of the Bulge, Waldo and Alice lived in Texas and New Mexico. Here Waldo worked in the oil fields. After this they moved to a farm in Missouri, where he enjoyed a Christian life, family, and caring for foster children. He taught his children to respect others, showing them the love of God, faith, and giving. On Sunday after church he enjoyed playing the guitar and accordion and singing with Alice the gospel songs he loved.
Waldo was a member of the First Christian Church of El Dorado Springs, where he served as deacon and elder.
Preceding Waldo in death were his wife, Alice; his parents; and one sister.
Survivors include his four children: Joan and Jack Reeder, Kenneth Kicenski, and Christine Rookstool, all of El Dorado Springs, MO, and Crystal and Charlie Kicenski of Fayetteville, AR; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.
Funeral services for Waldo Kicenski were held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Chapel. Rev. Brent Bland officiated. Burial followed in Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: Craig Kicenski, Logan Wood, Brian Wood, Conner Wood, Jon Smith, Brett Berry, and Cody Broksieck. Honorary pallbearers were: Xaelen Kicenski, Jeff Wood, Jason Wood, and Kyle Broksieck.