Kenneth Dean Gengo, Sr., 79, of Vidor, died Sept. 2, in his home after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Ken was born in Orange to Charlie Gengo and Mabel Flanigan Gengo, on Sept. 24, 1934. After serving in the USAF, working for Equitable Bag Co. and selling chemicals for Ciba-Geigy, Ken studied HVAC and graduated from the Institute of Technology of Chicago, IL. He owned and operated Economy Air Conditioning in Vidor and later in Beaumont. He taught an air conditioning class at Vidor High School in 1980-81 which was a great satisfaction to him. He and Barbara enjoyed traveling by RV seeing America and visiting children, grandchildren and siblings. Among the many things Ken loved were his family, his Church, fishing, playing his guitar, playing his piano, singing, and he loved to laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Tony Gengo of Cave City, AR; Charles Gengo of Orange and Betty Martin of Vidor.

Ken and Barbara lived on the Louisiana side of Toledo Bend Reservoir for 14 years until moving back to Vidor two weeks ago. He was a member of Christian Baptist Church of Florien, LA where he had served as director of music, pianist and Sunday School teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara; children Therese McClenahan of Galt, CA; Ken Gengo, Jr. and wife Connie of Vidor; Damon Gengo and wife Christina of Port Neches; Mistie Quinn and husband Neil of Deridder, LA; stepson Kevin Smith and wife Dona of San Antonio; seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren, two great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and other loving relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Sept. 4. S

ervices will also be at Memorial Funeral Home Friday, Sept. 5, at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

Memorials may be made to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, P. O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211.