Kenneth Raphael Velotta (Kenny), 65, of Owensboro, KY, went to his final resting place on August 18, 2021.

Born June 18, 1956, to parents Margaret (Hayden) and Herbert Velotta, Kenny was the eldest son in the family of 7 siblings: Cathie (Mary Ann) Velotta, Diann (Tim) Shock, Ron (Pat) Velotta, Brenda (Sy) Clark, Jana Nedvidek, and Dennis Velotta.

Kenny was survived by his mother, siblings, and four children David, Herbie, Jonathan (Jillian), and Jessica (Luethi) Velotta (Stephen); and his five grandchildren, Gabrielle Velotta (David), Zoey and Jackson Luethi (Jessica and Stephen), and Jonah and Jane Velotta (Jonathan and Jillian).

Kenny was affectionately known as “Papaw” to his grandkids, working hard to ensure he was present for the big moments in their lives. Kenny’s pride and affection for both his children and grandchildren hardly went unnoticed. Kenny was the fun uncle to many nieces and nephews, and the inspirational coach to dozens of soccer players over the years at Brescia College, Owensboro Catholic High School, and United Soccer Club. He was a savvy businessman and a true jack of all trades.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert, and brother, Dennis.

Funeral Mass will be Noon, Saturday, August 28, 2021, at St. Stephen Cathedral. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 27, 2021, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and again at the funeral home Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Prayers will be said 7:30 pm on Friday

In lieu of gifts, Kenny’s family ask that donations be made in his name to one of the following organizations: Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation, American Stroke Association, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Velotta. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Kenneth Raphael Velotta (Kenny) and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: August 27, 2021 5:00 pm - August 27, 2021 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Chapel

Visitation: August 28, 2021 10:00 am - August 28, 2021 11:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Chapel

Funeral Mass: August 28, 2021 12:00 pm - August 28, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Committal Service: August 28, 2021 1:30 pm - August 28, 2021 2:00 pm

Resurrection Cemetery
5404 Leitchfield Road
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. We have great memories of hanging out with Kenny and his larger family. We will continue to cherish those times together as we also send our love and care to all around him.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Kenny. He was my first ever boyfriend and he was such a sweetheart! My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Velotta family. May our loving Lord hold him tight.

  3. To Kenny’s. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Kenny from high school. Always had a smile on his face for every. It is with deepest sympathy and prayers, that as a member of Owensboro Catholic Class of 1974, we say RIP Kenny. You will be remembered always.

  4. To Kenny’s family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Kenny from high school. Always had a smile on his face for everyone. It is with deepest sympathy and prayers, that as a member of Owensboro Catholic Class of 1974, we say RIP Kenny. You will be remembered always.

  5. Gods speed my good friend. I haven’t seen you for awhile but I know when we will it will be just as I remember so many years ago. You were always the bright light in the room making everyone laugh. We had so many good times. God has comforted you and now you are by his side.

  6. Many memories of the Velotta family growing in Owensboro and working with some at Red Barn. Sending my condolences for the family.

  7. Cathie,

    I’m very sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts during this time.

  8. To Mrs. Margaret Velotta –I am so sorry to hear the loss of your son. You and your family are in my prayers.

  9. To Aunt Margaret and all of my Velotta cousins, we’re so sorry for your loss. Kenny will always be with us in the memories we have made through the years. We are unable to attend the services for Kenny but please know that we’ll be thinking of all of you.

  10. To all of the Velotta family—we are so sorry for your loss of Kenny. He sure always had a big smile for everyone. It’s also hard on the OCHS class of 1974 to lose a classmate. Bill and Becky Hardy

  11. I have so many memories of the whole Velotta family. Most recently, I spent time with Kenny on the “Victory Lane” big red party bus riding to and from Indy to the motorcycle races and Kenny visiting Jessica. Kenny was so happy to be on the bus with us and even happier to heading to see Jessica. He didn’t talk long but I could tell by the sparkle in his eyes and the smile on his face how happy he was to be there. And he would listen to me tell my stories about school with Ronnie and his mom helping me with shopping at Sears. Plus he listened to me brag about my kids and grandkids too. Kenny will be missed a lot by very many friends.

  12. Brenda,, Cathie, and Margaret, my sincere condolences. So sorry I can’t be there, my cousin’s funeral is being held in Frankfort on Saturday. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you, love you!

  13. So very sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. He was such an awesome guy and always had a smile on his face. I feel like I have known the Velotta family forever, being a friend and classmate of Jana’s since first grade. Mrs.Velotta, and Cathie, Dianne, Ronnie, Brenda and Jana – you are all in our prayers. Kathy Riney Holder and David Holder

  14. In the 60’s Kenny and I hung out quite bit one summer. Sugar Sugar by the Archie’s was the number one hit. Horns market was on the corner of walnut and ninth where we would get a stick big buddy bubble gum that would last at least until lunch.
    Over the years our paths drifted but crossed from time to time. He always would greet with a smile.
    We chose to raise our families in the neighborhoods we grew up in.
    In the fall when soccer season was on you could hear the cheers of the Catholic high faithful rooting on the Aces echoing through the trees of our neighborhood. When catholic scored you could hear Kenny’s voice announcing the goal over the PA. It was unique and unmistakable.
    I always wished we had someone in the 60’s pioneer soccer in Owensboro like he did.
    He was a good person and will be missed.
    My condolences to his family.

  15. We are so sorry for your families loss. We have such great memories of time spent with our Velotta cousins. Kenny was always so fun to be with.
    I have a fun memory when we were Young. A bunch of my family (aunt Bettys kids) were with yours one night in the hot tub. Kenny and I went in the kitchen to bring out food.
    There was a silly commercial out at that time where the mom went into the kitchen, read a book, then popped out some Pillsbury treat. Splashed flour on her face and came back out to the family like “wow I worked hard on this” Kenny had never seen the commercial but he was still willing to throw flour on his face and come back out with the food with the “wow that was a lot of work” attitude. Fortunately everyone else had seen it and broke out laughing!
    Thank you for the memories, love your smile Love to the family. Cecilia (Cline) & Rob Ironside

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