Kenneth Menefee was an outgoing man who always had a smile on his face, said his wife, Valerie Menefee.
“He had a great personality,” she said. “There wasn’t a person who didn’t love him.”
Kenneth Menefee, 68, of Merrillville and formerly of Lowell, died Aug. 20. He had been a commercial driver for Auto Zone.
He loved the outdoors and loved the heat, his wife said. He enjoyed fishing or sitting on his porch reading western novels.
His Rottweiler, Zena, was his constant companion, and she would sit in a chair next to him on the porch.
“He taught her how to keep an eye on the neighborhood,” she said.
The couple had been married for 20 years, and he taught her boys what it meant to be a man.
“He taught them patience, manners and to do things that men are supposed to do,” she said. “Starting with opening a lady’s car door, and everything else that followed.”
He was also devoted to his granddaughter, she said.
“He loved to have tea parties with his 3-year-old granddaughter, Madelynn,” she said.
He loved to have parties at the holidays, and would sometimes pack 50 people elbow-to-elbow into the kitchen.
“Everyone who knew him called him Dad. If they had a problem, he would give someone the shirt off his back, whether he had one or not,” she said. “His door was always open to everyone. He always made people feel safe. He loved his life.”