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Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Avery

June 20, 1929 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 92)

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Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Avery, 92, of Redfield, SD passed away Monday, November 15, 2021, at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with family present, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the Redfield United Methodist Church in Redfield.  A prayer service and time of sharing will follow at 7:00 p.m. 

Kenny's funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, at the Redfield United Methodist Church.   After lunch at the church, interment with military honors will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Tulare Cemetery in Tulare.  Pastor Melissa Rowenhorst will officiate. 

The prayer service and funeral service will both be live-streamed to the funeral home's website, below Kenny's obituary.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield.  (

Kenneth Wayne Avery, entrepreneur, storyteller, avid reader, bicycle enthusiast, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at the Eastern Star Home with family by his side. He was born on June 20, 1929, near Tulare, South Dakota to Walter and Emma (Vorderberg) Avery.  He graduated from Tulare High School in 1947. He attended one semester at Northern State College, before deciding to enlist in the United States Army where he served in the Signal Corp.

He married Deloris Walton on May 25, 1951. Four children were born to this union, Wayne, Barbara, Pamela and Martin. They started their marriage in the Tulare area, then lived in Sioux Falls and went on an adventure to Seattle, Washington where their first two children were born. They returned to South Dakota and as the story was told and re-told, they drove across the country with a baby, a toddler, no air-conditioning, and an over-heated parakeet.

Once back in South Dakota, Ken worked in several places before deciding to start his own business, Ken’s Auto Glass & Body Repair. He went to the bank to apply for a loan. When the banker asked what he had for collateral, he said, “a wife and two kids”. The loan was approved. Several years later, he went to work for the City of Redfield as a Police Officer. Ken and Deloris then re-opened the glass business, Ken’s Auto Sales, Glass, and Upholstery, and worked independently until they retired. (He never really retired).

Ken loved to read books and never wanted to part with any of them. He read a variety of genres and always looked forward to spending his Barnes and Noble gift-cards when he went to Sioux Falls. Friends and family in and around Redfield always knew the coffee pot was on and he had a group of regulars who visited the shop daily when it was time for coffee. He also loved to ride his bike and was seen riding all over town and out in the country. In recent years, he was reportedly riding down the middle of the road, but when questioned, he denied this vehemently. Ken was a man who welcomed the stranger with listening ears and a listening heart. He was a person that others revealed themselves to, knowing he would understand. He moved into the Eastern Star Home’s Assisted Living in the spring of 2016.  

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris; his parents, Walter and Emma; two brothers, Eugene and Lloyd; his daughter, Pamela, and dear friend, Eunice Rude. He is survived by his children, Wayne and Shari Budahl Avery of Brookings, Barbara and Bob Avery-Sterud of Sioux Falls, Martin Avery of Fargo, ND, five grandchildren, Robin, Amber, Travis, Addison, Evin and Rider; four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Erica, Avery and Tresten. He is also survived by four step-grandchildren, Michelle, Jaci, Jenelle and Scott; twelve step-great-grandchildren, and six step-great-great-grandchildren. 


Thank you to the participants in Kenny's services:

Clergy:  Pastor Melissa Rowenhorst

Organist:  Lynette Munce Flint

Vocalist:  Jeff Payant - "Amazing Grace"

Vocalist:  Martin Avery - "The Gambler"


Doug Schwab, Randy Schwab, Rick Avery, 

Allen Avery, Ron Avery, Richard Harrington

Honorary Pallbearers:  

Addison Avery, Evin Avery, Rider Avery, Robin Avery, 

Amber Holm Groft, Travis Holm, 

Mackenzie Groft, Erica Groft, Avery Holm, Tresten Holm

Military Honors:  

Clay Kiser American Legion Post #92 - Redfield, SD

Paul A. Schleher VFW Post #2755 - Redfield, SD

SDARNG Military Honors - Watertown, SD


To send flowers to Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Avery's family, please visit our floral store.


November 17, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Redfield - Redfield United Methodist Church
1326 West 1st Street
Redfield, SD 57469

Prayer Service with Time of Sharing
November 17, 2021

7:00 PM
Redfield - Redfield United Methodist Church
1326 West 1st Street
Redfield, SD 57469

Video is available for this event

Funeral Service
November 18, 2021

10:30 AM
Redfield United Methodist Church in Redfield

Video is available for this event

Interment with Military Honors
November 18, 2021

1:00 PM
Tulare - Tulare Cemetery
182nd Street
Tulare, SD 57476

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Live streaming of the services will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to each service.
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