WOOSTER -- Byron Watson "Toots" Kendall, 77, of Wooster, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, after a very stressful six-month period.
He was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Holmesville to Marion and Geneva (Watson) Kendall, and married the love of his life, Kathryn McClure. They were married 54 years. She survives.
He was a 1958 graduate of Waynedale High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1962-64. His rank was Specialist 4. He was a truck driver for more than 50 years, having worked for Wooster Iron & Metal, Walter Jones Construction and Kenneth Currens. He retired in 2008.
Toots was a lifetime member of Holmesville America Legion Melvin McClure Post 551 and Killbuck Valley Sportsman Club. He was a 36-year member of AA.
Toots loved his dogs and cats and simply just loved animals. He especially loved Angel, April and Lucky who he rescued. Toots had a big heart and would do anything to help others and will be greatly missed
Surviving in addition to his wife, are several cousins, including Kathy and Jim Crank, and a lifelong friend, Marvin Lemon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother Kendall; his Aunt Elsie and Uncle Olus Kendall, for whom he was their caregiver for several years before their passing; and his little white dog "Angel" and they are together again.
Private services were Dec. 23 at Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Julia Wertz officiating. Burial was in Fryburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local animal rescue or shelter of the donor's choice in remembrance of Toots' love for animals.