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Dec. 9, 2010: Obituaries

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Dec. 9, 2010

Allene Allen Craddock, 96
Sallie Catherine Dowell, 95
Josephine Renfrow Helwig, 85
Vincent James Kieta, 78
Leonard Lee “Snowball” Trent, 86

Allene Allen Craddock
Allene Allen Craddock, 96, passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.
Her humanitarian accomplishments touched the lives of countless citizens of Hardin County throughout her life.
When Mrs. Craddock first came to Elizabethtown she worked as an accountant and office manager for Brewer Chevrolet. Later, with her husband, Royce Craddock, she partnered in Craddock Chevrolet in Radcliff. Following his death, she was able to acquire the dealership and became the first female Chevrolet dealer in the commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1965 she earned Time magazine’s Quality Dealership Award. During her years in business she was active in the community serving as director of Fort Knox National Bank, director of Radcliff Chamber of Commerce, trustee of the Old Kentucky Home Council Boy Scouts of America, and was active and held a lifetime membership in the Association of the U.S. Army.
Since the opening of Hardin Memorial Hospital in 1954, she was a strong supporter and the driving force behind the Red Cross Blood Program in Hardin County and served on the Red Cross Board for many years.
In 1976 Mrs. Craddock was elected as state representative for the 25th District of Kentucky and served for 10 years. She was a major force in securing the funding for Elizabethtown Community College’s Academic and Technical Building as well as a building for Elizabethtown Technical College.
For her work as a founding member of the United Way organization in Hardin County, she was recognized and honored by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton as an Outstanding Kentucky Volunteer of the Year.
Mrs. Craddock was instrumental in starting the Leadership Elizabethtown program, and every year the Leadership Elizabethtown honors her by bestowing the Allene Craddock Leadership Award to the outstanding member of the leadership class. She remained the Honorary Chairman of the Leadership Elizabethtown Board of Directors until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Kate Jamison Allen; her husband, Royce Glenn Craddock; three sisters; and two brothers.
She is survived by three nieces, Barbara Allen Terry (Pat) of Lexington, Betty Jean Allen, and Beverly Harris Logan of Georgia; two nephews, Kendrick Nelson Allen (Barbara) of Canada and John Thomas Harris (Inez) of Georgia; and two “special” daughters, Jan Hodges Ansary (Cyrus) of Maryland and Hanni Hodges Willmoth (David) of Elizabethtown.
This was an outstanding life of service to others, and a dedication to enhance the quality of life in her community and state. To recognize and show their gratitude, the family invites the community to a special celebration and “Thanksgiving” of Allene’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Memorial United Methodist Church on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Leonard Lee ‘Snowball’ Trent
Leonard Lee “Snowball” Trent, 86, of Irvington, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Breckinridge Memorial Nursing Facility in Hardinsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Kate Miller Trent; and a daughter, Bobbi Trent Wilson.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. EST Friday at Alexander Funeral Home in Irvington with burial to follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. EST today and continues at 8 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sallie Catherine Dowell
Mrs. Sallie Catherine Dowell, 95, of the Garrett community, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her residence.  
She was a member of Hill Grove Baptist Church.  
Mrs. Dowell was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ida Mills Smith; her husband, Lewis Dowell; three sisters, Blanche Stith, Margaret Dowell and Hattie Pollock; one brother, Clarence Smith; one grandson, Bryan Michael Dowell; and a daughter-in-law, Carole Dowell.  
She is survived by three sons, Roy Neil Dowell, Donnie (Mary Beth) Dowell of Ekron and Randall (Judy) Dowell of Lexington; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday from the chapel of Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg with burial in Buck Grove Cemetery.  
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Friday.
Condolences may be left at www.hagerfuneralhome.com.

Josephine Renfrow Helwig
Josephine Renfrow Helwig, 85, of Owensboro, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her home.  
Born in Butler County, a daughter of the late William Ethel Renfrow and Rebecca Ann Justice Renfrow, she retired from Sears following more than 23 years of employment. Mrs. Helwig was a member of Breckenridge Street United Methodist Church and its Sunday school class, where she was devoted to caring for and coordinating the acolytes. She was an avid quilter, an interest she used to the benefit of others, having over the years made more than 250 quilts for the Mary Kendall Home, assuring that every girl had a quilt on their bed.  
She was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Helwig is survived by her husband of 59 years, Kenneth G. Helwig; four children, Becky Englehart and her husband, Alan, Bill Helwig and his wife, Sally, Vicki Marshall and her husband, Mark, and Glenn Helwig and his wife, Tina, all of Owensboro; seven grandchildren, Lee Hall, Will Helwig and his wife, Rose, Amy Crabtree and her husband, Dale, Adam Marshall and his wife, Marianna, Kelly Englehart, and Jacob Helwig, all of Owensboro, and Andy Englehart of Louisville; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral for Mrs. Helwig is at noon Saturday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro. Burial will be in Owensboro Memorial Gardens.  
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Western Kentucky.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com

 Vincent James Kieta
Vincent James Kieta, 78, of Radcliff, born Dec. 5, 1932, in Fort Benning, Ga., died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, after a courageous four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  
He graduated from Vine Grove High School in 1951. Vincent was a founding citizen of Radcliff. In those early days, he enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard and was immediately called to active duty during the Korean War and stationed in Germany. It was in Germany that he met Margaret Halter, whom he later married at St Brigid’s Catholic Church in Vine Grove. Together they raised five children and were founding members of St. Christopher’s Parish.
Vincent lived a full life in his 78 years. During his 36-year career in the National Guard, he entered the service as a private and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his initial active duty tour, he enrolled in Louisville Radio and TV school and then opened one of the first radio and television repair stores, Radcliff TV. He continued as a private businessman for more than 25 years.
The Radcliff community truly was his calling. Vincent helped plan and build the original St. Christopher Church and school. When a new church was needed, Vincent was again there to raise money and plan for the new church. He served on the Radcliff City Council and numerous committees, which contributed to the growth and quality of life in Radcliff. He took his greatest pride in the conception and development of Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, which now serves the entire community as a place of education, relaxation, recreation and family time. In honor of his dedication to volunteerism and his accomplishments, Vincent was the recipient of the Ollye Masters Award, Hardin County Distinguished Alumni Award and Paul Harris Fellow, in addition to other recognitions.  
Vincent gave to his community through leadership on many projects, countless volunteer hours and donations. He continued to do so well into his retirement.  Vincent supported his family and friends by lending a hand whenever and wherever that may have taken him. Through it all, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend to many.  
Vincent was preceded in death by his father, Anthony; his mother, Nathalie; his brother, Anthony; and infant daughter, Angela.  
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Margaret; two daughters, Helene Harris and her husband, Randy, of Elizabethtown, and Carolyn Ambrosino of Louisville; three sons, Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Germany, Robert and his wife, Karyne, of Portland, Ore., and Thomas and his wife, Micki Lynn, of Lafayette, La.; his brother, Andrew and his wife, Betty, of Vine Grove; his sister, Barbara Brink and Dan of Elizabethtown; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Watkins of Louisville. He had eight grandchildren, Christopher and Meghan Kieta, Lauren Harris, Natalie Ambrosino, Kennedy, Brennan, Kale and Brayden Kieta; and stepgrandchildren Brian and Julie Harris and Lisa Williams.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Radcliff with the Rev. Dennis L. Cousens officiating. Burial with military honors follows in St. Patrick Cemetery at Fort Knox.  
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff. A prayer service is at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hosparus of Central Kentucky, P.O. Box 2149, Elizabethtown KY 42702-9900; American Cancer Society, 701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203 or City of Radcliff designated for Saunders Spring Nature Preserve, P.O. Drawer 519, Radcliff, KY 40159.  
Condolences may be expressed at www.nebfh.com.