In Loving Memory of Pickleball Player Doug Kenfield

The Bloomington Pickleball Club learned of the passing of one it’s beloved members, Doug Kenfield. Doug passed away after being involved in a car accident on his way to Bloomington, IN on the afternoon of May 12th, 2023.

Doug was a profoundly loved man who was surrounded by those who adored and revered him. He is remembered by his caring wife of 20 years, Susan, his children Tricia (Shane), Mel (Rachel), Paul, Katie (Josh), Sam (Amanda), Bethany (Ryan), Taylore (Joey), Hannah (Nick) and his 16 grandchildren. Doug is also remembered by his stepmother June Kenfield, as well as his late father and mother, Glennard Paul Kenfield and Norma Jean Kendall, and sister Karen and brother Glennard (Susan).

Doug was an intelligent, thoughtful, devoted, and highly accomplished man. He deeply loved his family, none more than his wife, Susan. He was known for his successful dentistry practice of 40 years in Spencer, IN. Coworkers and patients alike found Doug to be a source of warmth and positivity throughout the years. Doug was a perpetual student, committing his time to honing new skills, perfecting his hobbies, and even learning new languages. He studied Spanish and Chinese and was in the midst of learning French. Doug was musically inclined, too, known for playing his guitar for his friends and family. He was a skillful pilot who owned his own private twin-engine plane that could be regularly seen flying overhead the Bloomington area. Doug was also an avid pickleball player. He and Susan built not one, but two pickleball courts at their home in Gosport, IN. Doug loved Indiana University sports, through the ups and the downs. Doug was a spiritual man and devout in his strong faith in Christ. He and Susan attended Lifeway Baptist Church in Ellettsville, IN.

Doug was an impressive individual by nearly any measure, but above all else, he was a tremendously loyal friend, loving partner to Susan, warmhearted father to all his children, and aspirational role model to those near him. His memory will live on through those he touched and he will never be forgotten.A memorial service for Doug will be held at Lifeway Baptist Church in Ellettsville, IN on Thursday, May 18th from 3 – 6pm. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Doug’s family asks that donations be made to the Pickleball Club of Bloomington in his honor.

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