Kenneth Stanley Messenger

January 22, 1932 - September 22, 2010

Kenneth Stanley Messenger, age 78, passed away September 21, 2010. Mr. Messenger served with honors in the Air Force with rank of senior airman. He was active in the Topeca Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his wife, Barbara P. Messenger, daughter, Elizabeth Leary, Son and daughter in law, Richard and Janel Messenger, sister, Carolyn Rheta Piper, Brother, George Messenger, and five grandchildren and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be at the Topeca Church of the Brethren, at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010 with Pastor Mike Varner officiating. Interment will be at Howell-Slusher Cemetery in Willis. Family will receive friends Thursday 1 hour before service time at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

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Arnetta Nichols

Check, Va.
September 22, 2010

I am so sorry for your grief. Loved Ken and Barbie from the first day I met them. It wasn't hard to love them they are such nice people.

Karin Grosshans

Floyd, VA
September 24, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr and Mrs Messenger are two of my favorite clients at StellarOne Bank, and I will miss Mr Messenger very much. The funeral was very meaningful, and I enjoyed the family's wonderful stories about him. Please let me know if I can help you in any way at this difficult time.