Kenneth Gainer

Kenneth “Ham” Gainer, 83, a resident of Montrose, passed from this life Tuesday morning, June 3, 2014, at home.

Ham was born Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1930, in Kerens, a son of the late John Gainer and Ethel Harsh Gainer.

He was formerly married to JoAnn Gainer, who survives in Kerens.

Also left to cherish Ham’s memory are eight children, Kenneth Michael Gainer and wife, Judy, of Maryland, Susan Diane Hawkins and husband, Rick, of North Carolina, Sandra K. Jones and husband, Terry, of Mabie, Kevin Gainer and wife, Connie, of Kerens, Kimberly A. Nestor and husband, Tucker, of Hambleton, Kathy J. Lenhart of Virginia, Jennifer E. Wiseman of Ohio, and Janet D. Mullennex and husband, Robert, of Montrose; two brothers, Harold Gainer and wife, Jean, of Kerens and Joe Gainer and wife, Patti, of Cravensdale; one sister, Faye Vandevender and husband, Ralph, of Kerens; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime companion, Angela Crites.

Preceding Ham in death, besides his parents, were four brothers, Boyd, Ronnie, Robert and David; and one grandson, William White.

Ham attended the schools of Randolph County and was employed as an iron worker with Local Union 568. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ham liked to deer hunt and fish. In later years, he was known for working on lawn mowers and growing an incredible garden. Ham attended the Refuge Church.

Ham’s request for cremation will be honored, and a memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Kenneth “Ham” Gainer. Send online condolences to the family at