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Charles KannadyCharles life began on June 9, 1945, the son of Jim “Tom” and Norma Cleta (Carpenter) Kannady in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated from Valley Center High Class of 1964 and then attended Oklahoma State for 1 ½ years where he played football. He married Linda Gayle Fransham on August 27, 1967, at Valley Center United Methodist Church. He attended Wichita State University while working at Boeing. He finished up his college degree at Friends University in Wichita where he also played football. Charles taught science and driver’s education in Florence, Marion and Goddard, Kansas. He was a farmer/rancher and a real estate broker. He attended Eastmoor United Methodist, was a member of Lions Club, National Board of Realtors and Marion Advancement Campaign. He enjoyed playing cards and billiards. Most of all he loved attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. His loving family includes his wife, Linda of the home; sons and their wives, Dirk and Tonya Kannady of Haysville, Kansas, Eric and Lindsay Kannady of Manhattan, Dax and Emily Kannady of Pilsen; brother, Jimmy Kannady of Valley Center; sister, Teresa Kannady of Benton, Kansas; three grandchildren, Rylie, Avery and Gage Kannady. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Cynthia Kannady. Charles passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at the age of 76 years old. His family will gather at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion on Tuesday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m. His memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. Memorial contributions may be directed to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, PO Box 96, Marion, Kansas 66861. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Charles at www.ymzfh.com.
My most sincere and heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Kannady and his family and thers who loved him.Yes, Mr. Kannady was my Drivers Education Instructor, and Freshman Class Football Coach. Whether it was behind the wheel of an automobile, on a football field, or just standing on the street, his most unique way of instilling confidence in anyone has never been equaled.I know I am not the only one who was lucky enough to learn several life lessons form him in which I used throughout my Army career and on though today. Thank you Mr. Kannady. You are loved and missed by all. I wish I would have been able to have known you better....Steve Higgins
Steve Higgins Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM
Dax, Linda and family - Im so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you.
Shane Thrasher Jul 24 2021 12:00 AM
Drivers ed, Florence Junior High - to say the least, an adventure taking it with "Mr. Kannady."Oh, the cramps I got in my hand from writing sentences for screw ups. He might well have saved our lives intervening when one of our classmates was doing a horribly bad job in his first attempt passing on the highway - Charlie got us around and back in our lane in just the nick of time. And I've never worried about driving in snow after he took us out on a back road in awful conditions and deliberately threw us into skids with his brake - yep, we had to push the car out of the ditch a few times, but we sure learned! Even better was getting to know him as an adult, discovering how knowledgeable he was about so many things, and how opinionated, too! No one could ever accuse him of "sitting on the fence," for sure. Some of the best conversations I had in my times back in Marion were with him. He had such a zest for life, such a good sense of humor, and it was great to discover as an adult that the "tough guy" we had as a coach and teacher was way more of a softy for some things than I'd have ever guessed. I'm so very glad to have shared some of life's path with Charlie, and I'm sorry to know that he's left to walk a different one now. My sincere condolences to Linda, to all the rest of his family and loved ones. He was a good one, and will be missed but remembered fondly.
David Colburn Jul 23 2021 12:00 AM
Charles was a super guy, larger than life and a friend to all he met. Will be missed by anyone who knew him, especially his loving and lovely wife and forever sweetheart, Linda.
Linda Dixon Jul 21 2021 12:00 AM
Linda and Family, I've know Charlie for alot of years, infact he was my Driver's Ed teacher back in the day at Florence Middle School, my Freshman year. I can remember him showing us girls how to change a tire, and then rolling the tire down the hill, just for us to bring it back. He laughed and laughed at that. Or riding the brake on his side, while I was driving around the county lake in mid winter when the roads were icy. He said, "I'm just preparing you for bad weather that's all". He loved it when the back end of that almost new Gran Torino fish-tailed. Again, his laugh was contagious! I learned alot in his class and he was a very good teacher, but you never knew when to take him serious or not! When I graduated and later got married, he played a big role for us getting our first real house. Even throughout me adult life, I would run into him, usually at Cardie's he would always have something to say, ending with that laugh of his. I will miss his knowledge, his wit about him, and his laughter that always made my day. He was a good man and always found the good in people. I will see you again, Charlie. Keep laughing!
Diane Carpenter Jul 21 2021 12:00 AM
Linda, Dax, and the rest of the Kannady family ~I am so sorry for your loss. Charles made a big impact in this community and he will be greatly missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.~ Kim Helmer
Kim Helmer Jul 21 2021 12:00 AM
Linda & FamilySorry to hear of your loss, our prayers are with you.Buck & Charlene Hartley
Buck Hartley Jul 20 2021 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear about Charles. Thinking of you and your family and remembering a lot of good times. Gary and Paula Loveless
Paula Loveless Jul 20 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about your loss.I could always count on Charlie giving me grief about my freckles and trying to suggest creative ways that he could help remove them. My favorite was him telling me that he thought he could pull them off with a pair of pliers!Also remember a trip with you all to Joyland where someone (me) got a little nauseous. Charlie asked me a bunch of questions and made every effort to get me to laugh. When I didn't, he finally turned around and said, "Linda...we've got a sick one." His handoff was perfect!He was always good for a quick one liner.Thinking about all of you.
Chris Hett Jul 20 2021 12:00 AM
We were so very sorry to hear this sad news. Linda you and yours are in our thoughts. Stan and Kathy Utting
Stan and Kathy Utting Jul 20 2021 12:00 AM