Pete Kenney Our mountain community lost a dear friend when Pete Kenney passed away on September 11, 2017. Pete grew up in Minnesota and married Carol Brunelle in 1958 before moving to California. Pete well established in the auto industry, moved to Arizona in 1969 then retired after 35 years in 2004. It was during these years that the couple built and established their home in 2005 in the Heber-Overgaard area. Pete was active in the Navajo County Search and Rescue organization, enjoyed spending time at the American Legion and took pride in serving on the High Country Pines Homeowners Association and Our Lady of The Assumption Finance Committee. Pete and his wife Carol raised three children Cheryl, Brad, and Sandi and are blessed with eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Pete was a lifelong hunter with great appreciation for our United States Military. After waiting over twenty years for a trophy elk tag he was finally drawn earlier this year. Pete had over twenty bonus points to qualify for the drawing of this coveted tag. Upon being diagnosed with terminal cancer, and recognizing the sacrifices of our military personnel, Pete made the decision to donate his coveted tag to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. His grandson, Brandon Kenney led the search to find a recipient through Arizona Fish and Game.
Wounded Warriors awarded the tag to Sgt. Kaleb Weakley through Wounded Warrior Outdoors/Outdoor Experience 4 All. Sgt. Weakley served in the Marine Corps on active duty from October 2007 to November 2013. While serving in Afghanistan, Sgt. Weakley sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was exposed to numerous IED blasts. Because of these injuries he spent 2 years learning to walk again. To this day he is unable to walk unassisted and relies on a leg brace extending from his left hip to his foot. Sgt. Weakley continues to face amputation of his leg and lifelong confinement to a wheelchair. Currently a motivational speaker and pursuing an Associates Degree in social and behavioral science. Sgt. Weakley participates in the Warrior Games in archery, air rifle, air pistol, shot put, and discus and is currently training for the 2018 lnvictus Games. Sgt. Weakley and his wife Sydney, and their 2-year old daughter Scarlet reside in El Cajon, California.
Sgt. Weakley accepted the coveted tag and traveled to Arizona for the hunt. Assisting Sgt. Weakley on his hunt were Pete’s son Brad Kenney, Pete’s son-in law Mike Winters and grandson Brandon Kenney. He was further assisted on the hunt by Derek Taylor and his team Ladd Campbell and Ben Barney. After several days of hunting and covering many miles in some of Arizona’s best trophy bull elk country Sgt. Weakley shot his trophy bull on October 2, 2017. We know Pete was smiling down on the hunting party when Sgt. Weakley shot the 6 by 6 bull with only minutes of daylight remaining!!!! Brad and Ladd assisted Sgt. Weakley in quartering the elk and hanging it for the night. The next morning Brad, Ladd, Sgt. Weakley and Carol Kenney (Pete’s wife) hiked in¾ of a mile to pack out the coveted elk. Members of the hunting party met with Carol and friends at the Three Bears Restaurant to share tales of the hunt, Pete’s life and Sgt. Weakley’s experiences.
In honor of Pete Kenney, the Kenney family and their friends would like to thank Sgt. Kaleb Weakley for all his past and present sacrifices and services. For more information on the organizations that made this hunt possible, please visit their websites or follow them on Facebook: www.WoundedWarriorOutdoors.com and Outdoor Experience 4 All www.OE4A.org.