Kenneth Gifford — Rochester

Kenneth Leland Gifford, 88, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Kenneth was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Dodge Center, to Leo and Francis Gifford. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1945 and entered the U.S. Navy after graduation. Kenneth was discharged from the military on his 21st birthday. He worked for Hargesheimer Restaurant in Rochester before and after the Navy. Kenneth also worked for Cranston Typewriter Company in Rochester before going to work for Clarey Adding Machine Company in Columbus, Ohio, which was bought out by Remington Rand. He was stationed in Pittsburgh, Pa., and New York City. Kenneth returned to Rochester in January 1963 and began to work at Mayo Clinic. Kenneth finally retired from Mayo Clinic in 1989.

Kenneth married Audrey Mastio in New Orleans, La., in 1947, and they later divorced. Together, Kenneth and Audrey had three sons. In 1968, Kenneth married Diane West. Kenneth loved fishing, playing golf and going to the casino. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles and the Masonic Temple in Rochester.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Diane, of Rochester; sons, Kenneth (Tammy), Charles (Peggy), Steve (Miriam), all of the New Orleans area; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Judy (George) Brudwick, of Rochester.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

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