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Kenneth R. Upchurch

November 10, 1957 – january 12, 2023

Kenneth R. Upchurch

Kenneth Reed Upchurch, age 65, passed away on January 12, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Kenneth was born in Cincinnati, OH to George and Dorothy Upchurch. Kenneth married Grace Upchurch of Cincinnati OH on August 21st, 1976, in Cincinnati.

Kenneth is survived by his beloved wife Grace Upchurch, his sons, Kristoffer “Rob” Upchurch (Tara), Kenneth “Mike” Upchurch (Stevie), Douglas Upchurch (Christina), Steve Upchurch (Wendy), his grandchildren, Riley Upchurch, Dylan Upchurch, Myles Upchurch, Bethany Upchurch, Ian Upchurch, Lillian Upchurch, Jake Upchurch, Sasha Isaacs and his sister, Kim Riley (Jim).

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Terry Upchurch.

Kenneth loved working on cars and did so as a mechanic for over 45 years. He retired as a mechanic from Rumpke at 62 where he worked for over 25 years. He also enjoyed camping, traveling, and racing. He spent lots of time making memories camping with family and friends. He  spent years drag racing back in his younger days and did some dirt track racing in his later years. He Loved his grandchildren and missed very little of their activities. He enjoyed music of many kinds. He made memories singing and playing piano, often times with grandkids gathered around . Kenneth was very devoted to his family. He was a loving husband, a proud father, and the best Papaw . He was a jack of all trades,  and always had the answer when something wasn’t working. He was a huge animal lover and through the years was known to bring home stray animals. Even when diagnosed with cancer, it never took his joy away. He never let it get him down or keep him from living life to the fullest. Regardless of how he felt, he always kept his great sense of humor, bringing joy and laughter to his family. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231 (follow the blue line upon entering the memorial park).

Services for Kenneth Upchurch will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with Pastor Jackie Litchfield, officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens at 12:00 PM in Springfield Township, Ohio.



Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home


Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home


Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

“I was just thinking about Kenny and googled his name, to my sadness. Kenny was a friend of my Brother Bob Edmison who passed in 2017. I liked Kenny best of my brothers friends and even wondered how such a calm and caring person as Kenny was friends with the hellraiser my brother was. Of contact was lost so many years ago yet I love seeing that Kenny and Grace created a family that no doubt is as likable as Kenny always was. All in my family were always happy to see Kenny in the house. Bless you all”

“To the family of Ken Upchurch, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please know that it was truly a pleasure knowing and working with Ken for 20+ years. May GOD comfort you as only he can! Tana Burnett-Williams”

“margaret and i have heavy hearts to the upchurch family – ken was a great guy and his legacy lives on as he and his best friend and wife raised fantastic sons – of which i am lucky tohave mike as my son in law – super husband to my daughter, fantastic father to my grandchildren and good friend prayers and blessings to u all”

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“We are so very sorry for your loss and we are thinking and praying for you. Ken was always so sweet and always by Grace’s side. We will miss his smiles. Deepest sympathies.”

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“We are so sorry for your loss. Ken was a good man and fought a good fight. Our thoughts are with you all.”

“Oh Grace, I’m so sorry to hear about Kenny. He was always fun and friendly at the family gatherings and reunions. I was only 7 but vividly remember your wedding reception and how he tried to get you with the cake and you ran. Made me laugh so hard. Still makes me smile. I can’t imagine the heartache all of you are experiencing. He will be very missed. Sending peace and love to you all. – Love, Lisa, Rupert and Oliver”

“To Grace & The Boys, We are so sorry for your loss .Jeffery just called us with this sad news. I pray that you all find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering. We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. Again, we are so sorry for your loss.”

“Ken, you will be sorely missed by many. Please say hi to my sister for me, and have a cold one on me. Until we meet again”

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