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1957 Ken 2023

John Kenney Trenner

December 15, 1957 — December 19, 2023

John Kenney Trenner, 66, of Stow, Ohio passed away December 19, 2023 at home surrounded by his family following a four-year battle with cancer. He was born December 15, 1957 in Springfield, Ohio, and was the son of the late Donald and Kathleen (Kenney) Trenner.

Ken attended Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio, where he met the love of his life, Angela. They both went on to attend the Ohio State University, where Ken earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning.
On October 12, 1985, Ken and Angela were joined in marriage. Together they shared
38 wonderful years.

Ken started his city planning career working for the city of Utica, New York for six years. While they lived in upstate New York, Ken and Angie developed a love for camping and fishing in the Adirondack Park that they would share with their family for years to come.

In 1990, Ken moved his family to northeast Ohio and began a celebrated twenty-nine year career working for the city of Stow. During his tenure with the city, Ken held various roles. He began as Senior Planner and moved on to Deputy Planning Director. He was later appointed to Planning Director, and served in that role until 2011, when he took a medical leave of absence.

After suffering from heart failure, Ken was the miraculous recipient of a heart transplant at The Cleveland Clinic in 2012. His inspiring recovery from that illness allowed him to witness the birth of his grandchildren and to spend more precious time with his family doing what he loved.

Ken was a passionate Ohio State Buckeyes football fan, as well as a lifelong Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan. He loved playing racquetball, listening to music, and spending time with his family. After his heart transplant, Ken deepened his love of the outdoors by taking up deer hunting with his son.

Ken was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Kathleen Trenner. He is survived by his spouse, Angela; his children Brendan, Ryan, and Shannon (Trevor); his grandchildren Brayden, Easton, Reagan, and Nolan; and sisters Tracy and Mary.

The Trenner family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice team, who provided outstanding care for Ken. They would also like to extend their gratitude to the Cleveland Clinic Heart Transplant Team and to the donor family that gave Ken his new heart. Special thanks also to the City of Stow and to Holy Family Parish.

Funeral mass will be held Saturday January 6, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish in
Stow, Ohio.

All are invited to attend a celebration of life for Ken after the funeral service. The gathering will be held at 1pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church- 3725 Kent Road, Stow.


Memorial donations may be made in Ken's honor to Lifebanc at or to Glioblastoma Research
Organization at

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