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Dennis Ray Kuykendall

December 15, 1958 — August 30, 2019

Dennis Ray “Short” Kuykendall, age 60 of Moorefield, WV, passed away Friday morning, August 30, 2019 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Born on December 15, 1958 in Hardy County, WV, he was a son of the late George Seymour “Toots” Kuykendall, Sr. & Doris Elaine Southerly Kuykendall. Short was raised by the late Tommy & Jean Sherman. Three brothers, Robert, Tommy & Bill and a step-brother, Guy also preceded him in death.

“Short” was a carpenter and painter for over 40 years having worked for numerous contractors in the area. Many buildings included his labor to construct including the old Stray Cat and the Middle School. When he wasn’t working, his ornery side was occupied by his uncanny wit and his socialization with everyone. He enjoyed watching sports, his Pirates baseball and Dolphins football, but he also enjoyed watching the grandkids play as well. An outdoors kind of person, he enjoyed his truck and occasionally tossing a line to catch a fish. He also enjoyed playing with and taking care of his four legged furry cat, Momi.

Surviving is his best friend and companion, Cheryl W. Harwood and a four legged furry sidekick, Momi; a son, Dareck (Stephanie) Kuykendall of Petersburg, WV; a daughter, Heather Kuykendall of Petersburg, WV; a step-son, Logan (Missy) Riggleman of Moorefield, WV; a step-daughter, Amanda (Brad) Smith Brill of Moorefield, WV; three brothers, Butch (Lenore) Kuykendall of Edinburg, VA, Bob Kuykendall of Capon Bridge, WV and Fred Kuykendall of Fisher, WV; a sister, Barbara Kuykendall-Copp of Woodstock, VA; two half-sisters, Jane (Mike) Slighton of Raymond, IL and Barbara Jean (Allen) Lewey of Battlecreek, WA; a step-brother, Steve (Patsy) Vaughn of Moorefield, WV; seventeen grandchildren, Ethan, Khristian, Rylie, Kaden, Cole, Kendell, Shyanne, Tori, Skyler, Jaxen, Mason, Haven, Alyssa, Kelsey, Bailey, Grant and Gracie and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held beginning at 4:00 PM Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street with Pastor Rick Bergdoll as officiant. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until time of services at 4:00 PM.

Memorials in Short’s honor may be directed to the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Company, 114 Kuykendall Lane, Moorefield, WV 26836 or to the charity of choice. Condolences, shared memories and photos may be left on “Short’s” Tribute Wall at .

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

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