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Who Kenny Sidle
When September 14, 2021
Where Hanover, OH
What Obituary: Famed Fiddler Kenny Sidle Passes Away At 90
 

Hanover - Kenneth V. "Kenny" Sidle, 90, of Hanover, Ohio died Tuesday morning, September 14, 2021 at his home of natural causes.

Born July 30, 1931 near Toboso, Ohio he was a son of the late David Vernon and Velva Viola (Victor) Sidle and he attended Hanover-Toboso High School. Kenny proudly served our country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War and he was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He retired in 1986 from the maintenance department of Owens-Corning Fiberglas of Newark. Kenny was a devout Christian and for many years was a member of the Toboso Church of The Nazarene and more recently he attended Toboso United Methodist Church.

With the exception of his Lord, and his family, Kenny's greatest love was music. He began playing the fiddle at age five, having been taught by his father. In the years since he became a champion, and highly recognized, fiddle player throughout the Midwest and Canada. From the stage at Hillbilly Park near Hanover to the halls of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC his music has been enjoyed by thousands. Among his many accomplishments: Ohio Country and Western Music Association's Entertainer of the Year for eight years; multiple State Championship's in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee; playing in the staff band at Hillbilly Park, Frontier Ranch, WWVA Wheeling Jamboree, WMNI North American Country Cavalcade and Paint Valley Jamboree as well as numerous shows and square dances at Flowers Hall in Hanover; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award, named him "a national music treasure," in 1988; Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award in 2012 and many other awards throughout the years. Kenny also received great enjoyment teaching his talents to young students. He became an instructor and taught many students through the Ohio Arts Council. He was a loving source of encouragement to his violin students and enjoyed watching their many accomplishments.

Surviving is his loving wife of 66 years, Evelyn L. (Wright) Sidle whom he married April 23, 1955; a daughter, Becky (David) Finckel of Newark; two sons, Kenny Dale Sidle of Newark and Gary David (Penney) Sidle of Lusaka, Zambia Africa; eight grandchildren, Brian (Vera) Finckel, Kris (Ron) Lohrman, Jr., Sara Finckel, Michael Sidle, Coleen (Darren) Warren, Lindsay (Kevin) Robinson, Alyssa Sidle and Josiah Sidle and four great grandchildren, Taylor and River Warren, Alexis Sidle and Naomi Grace Robinson. Also surviving is one brother, Wayne (Myrna) Sidle of Newark; three sisters, Mildred McKenzie of Gratiot, Ohio, Marge Schmitt of Newark and Verna (Carl Dean) Smith of Newark and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Dale and Chester Sidle and a sister, Eleanor Robison.

Calling hours will be 4pm to 8pm Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Frazeysburg Chapel of Vensil & Chute Funeral Home, 110 West Third Street.

Funeral services will be 11:00am Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Vanover and Pastor Rob Turner officiating. Kenny will be laid to rest in Hanover Cemetery where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will conduct Military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toboso United Methodist Church, 2364 Gratiot Road, NE, Newark, Ohio 43056 or to the Nazarene Missions at bit.ly/donate-gpsidle.

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