Kenneth August Cey, born to Bill and Ethel in Wilkie Dec 30th 1953. He was born 4th in line in a family of 18 siblings. Kenny grew up on the family farm North West of Scott. In his younger years he enjoyed trapping, raising pigeons and had a passion for horses. Growing up in a strong sports environment, he played baseball and hockey as well. Kenny had a quiet strength about him. Growing up Kenny was looked up to by his brothers and sisters. Through the years there have been many stories shared of Kenny being a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen to.
Kenny married Heather Budd June 28th 1975. They settled into their first home on the farm where they started to raise their kids. Melanie Born Mar 19nd 1977, Derek Born Nov 1st 1978, Kent Born Sept 24th 1980, Megan Born Mar 3rd 1983. They moved a house onto the farm yard in 1991 giving everyone some much need space. As his children were born, they were his life and then his grandchildren came along bringing a whole new light to being proud.
Kenny started Farming in 1971, he took so much pride in farming and was actively able to farm right up to Harvest of 2020. He said 2020 was the best crop of his career. He also spent many years building and repairing fence for the CP rail, hiring numerous family members and locals along the way. Many good stories have come from those days. Throughout the years Kenny and Heather raised hogs, cattle, horses, and chickens. Kenny’s real passion was his Clydesdale horses. He loved raising and working with them and being able to share that passion with his family. Kenny’s sons Derek and Kent followed that passion and spent many years raising and showing the Clydesdales together. Some of his proudest moments outside his family was seeing his horses being shown.
Kenny lived for his family. From their many family trips in the red van and the Parisienne to Sunday family day of crop checking. Finding creative ways to celebrate special occasions like taking Heather out gopher hunting for Mothers Day. He was always at his kids sporting events whether he was coaching or watching and continued that with his grandkids as well. Side by side rides to check crops, always a grandkid at his side, combine rides and story time for both his kids and grandkids. Each grandkid felt special and that they were his righthand man with special nicknames, making them laugh and telling many tall tales. Over the last few years Kenny took more time to spend with family whether it be at the lake giving golf cart rides or as the captain of his pontoon boat and going South for a winter vacation. He impacted so many peoples lives from his own family, to his own private coffee shop crew, to the kids he coached in Hockey.
From the onset of his first cancer, not once did he ever say why me. He never complained through this whole process. His faith was a huge piece of that. It has always been a core value. This strong faith helped him through his toughest times. He was always positive and looked at the cup as half full. He was grateful to Heather and his family to be able to take care of him in the comfort of his own home.
To leave you with a few words from Kenny that he would like us to remember…
“To focus on the good times”
Ken leaves to cherish his memory; – wife Heather of 45yrs, Daughter Melanie Brandt (Damon) Hastin and Kylie, Son Derek Cey (Shannon) Carter, Karlee, Son Kent Cey (Melissa) Kayden, Emerson, Daughter Megan Ireland (Stephen) Hunter. Father Bill Cey, Sister in Law Katherine Corradini (Jack Whitrow) Janette (Dave), Doreen (Brian), Gerry (Maureen), Marion (Herb), Lester (Pam), Kevin, Bob (Sherry), Harold (Thelma), Roger (Maggie), Jamie (Lori), Joe (Laurie), Kathy (Dean), Karen (Ron), Patti (Dennis), Mike (Laura), Lori (Darrel), Gary (Erolanda), numerous Aunt and Uncles nieces and nephews, Friends.
Ken was predeceased by – mother Ethel, in-laws Bob and Janet Budd, Niece Cassandra Cey, Nephews Keith Cey, Scott Cey, Scott Corradini, best buds Dave Gerein, Jim Groves and Holt Jaindl.
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