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Ryan T. Kenton

January 22, 1977 ~ December 28, 2018 (age 41)

The world changed forever, on December 28, 2018, when we lost Ryan T. Kenton, age 41, to a tragic automobile accident.

He was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 22, 1977 to Roger and Karen (Dougherty) Kenton. Ryan met the love of his life, Becky Laine, in May 2014. They have shared their lives together with their three dogs, and countless rescue dogs, that they have fostered throughout the year.

Ryan was a 1995 graduate of Marathon High School. After graduation, Ryan honorably served in the United States Army. For the past 15 years he was employed at Norlen Inc., where he spent the past six years working in quality control.

Ryan was an avid sports fan. He spent many hours cheering on Duke’s Basketball, the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. Spending time fishing out on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir was where Ryan could be found whenever he had some free time, or camping out at Melon Fest or Jack Pine. He and Becky had just purchased their first camper, and were looking forward to weekend camping trips with friends and family. Most important to Ryan were his friends and his family. He loved the life that he and Becky were building together and looked forward to spending time with his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Anyone who had the honor of knowing Ryan, knew his smile. He had an infectious smile that could cheer you up even on your the worst day. His smile and sense of humor will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Roger and Karen; his true love and best friend, Becky Laine; siblings, Robin Kenton and her children, Gunner and Kayleigh, Jessica Kenton and her children Venessa and Isabella, Nick (Teresa) Kenton and their children, Teresa, Dominic, Tevin, Gabriel and Theodore, and Mark (Angela) Kenton their daughter Hartley. He is further survived by his paternal grandma, Lu Lu Kenton; as well as many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Genevieve Dougherty and his paternal grandpa, Leroy Kenton.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2018 at Memories Ballroom, Marathon.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services all at Memories Ballroom.  Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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