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Kenneth Wayne Haerer

November 15, 1947 — September 9, 2023

Oak Ridge


Kenneth Wayne Haerer, fondly known as Kenny, was a remarkable man whose impact on the lives of his loved ones will never be forgotten. Born on November 15, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kenny lived a life filled with love, and a dedication to his family.

Kenny's education journey was a testament to his thirst for knowledge. He earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University New Orleans and went on to pursue an MBA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He then embarked on a PhD program at the University of Arkansas, nearly completing all requirements except for his dissertation. Later in life, Kenny also earned a degree as a Master of Oriental Medicine. His love for learning persisted throughout his lifetime.

Kenny had a wonderful sense of humor. Making people laugh was one of his greatest pleasures—a gift that created countless cherished memories. His caring nature extended far beyond humor; he always desired to support his family and help those in need, all they had to do was ask. An avid researcher and learner, Kenny devoted countless hours researching ways to benefit his loved ones. He was particularly passionate about herbs and alternative medicine—an interest that stemmed from his desire to help those he cared about. Kenny's family was at the center of his universe, and he cherished every moment spent with them.

On September 9, 2023, Kenny passed away unexpectedly due to a cardiac event at his home. Despite the sorrow that now grips his family, they take solace in knowing that he was surrounded by his devoted wife, Jan, and their beloved dogs, finding comfort in their presence during his final moments.

Kenny's proudest accomplishment and ultimate source of joy was his family. His wife, Jan, stood as a pillar of strength beside him, sharing both the joys and challenges of life. He adored his daughters, MacKenzie Morris and Kelley Williams, along with their respective husbands, Eric Morris and Tony Williams. Kenny found immense delight in his grandchildren, Olivia and Chloe Morris and Weston, Meghan, Emelyn, and Adelyn Williams. Their smiles brought immeasurable happiness to his heart. He leaves behind his cherished brother Philip Haerer and sister-in-law Connie Haerer, who remained an integral part of his life. Kenny deeply treasured his nieces Lauren, Shannon, and Meghan and their families. Kenny also possessed deep affection for animals. Throughout his life, he lovingly welcomed several cherished canine companions who became an inseparable part of his journey.

As we say our goodbyes to Kenny, let us remember his kind soul. May we find inspiration in Kenny's dedication to family and lifelong learning. Let us carry forward the lessons he taught us about compassion, humor, and the joy that can be found in even life's simplest moments. His spirit will forever live on within our hearts.

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