Obituary for Kenneth Muckenfuss (1943 - 2022) - Summerville, SC

Kenneth Browning Muckenfuss, Jr., a distinguished southern gentleman known as Kenny, Ken, “Doc” by those who knew and loved him, passed away this life on June 18, 2022 at Roper Hospice Cottage in Mt. Pleasant , SC. He was born on December 2, 1943 at Old Dorchester County Memorial Hospital in Summerville, SC. His parents, Kenneth B. Muckenfuss, Sr. and Gladys Bell Muckenfuss, preceded him in death.
He attended Dorchester County public schools and graduated from Harleyville-Ridgeville High School, Class of 1962. He was a Palmetto Boy’s State representative, Mr. Handsome finalist, and the Most Popular Senior Boy.
He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa in 1967. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. He retired from his Muckenfuss Chirpractic/Acute Care Center practice after serving in the Lowcountry for over 40 years. He was a pioneer of the chiropractic profession in the state of South Carolina. He leaves a legacy of wellbeing, goodwill and caring for others from a holistic perspective. He firmly believed in the God-given innate healing power of the human body. Chiropractic has been a huge component to staying healthy in his own life and the lives he touched throughout his career.
He will be remembered most for his zest for life and wonderfully kind spirit. He loved people and had an irrepressible sense of humor. He was truly a generous, kind, and kind-hearted person. His Charlestonese speech (particularly with his CB in the 1970s) and southern phrases pleased many, especially his western wife.
He was a true patriot who served his country and had a strong, personal relationship with God. From 1967 to 1973 he served as a volunteer in the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 118th Infantry. Proud of his Southern roots, he was honored to be a member of HL Hunley Camp No. 143 to be the Sons of Confederate Veterans. His loyalty to God and his country has never wavered. He was also a lifetime member of Mt. Tabor UMC in Ridgeville.
He is survived by many who love him, most notably his stepchildren’s mother, Claudette Short of Davenport, Iowa. A daughter, Dr. Natalie Muckenfuss Lyle of Boulder, CO, one son, Brian D. Muckenfuss of Davenport, Iowa, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one sister Marie Muckenfuss Thomas and brother-in-law Richard F. (Frank) Thomas of Ridgeville, SC.
He is also survived by his longtime partner, Sharon O. Wilkins, and their children and grandchildren.
All of Ken’s family members were devoted to him and grateful for all his wise advice over the years. He accepted his cancer diagnosis with grace and courage. Ken was a lonely man of faith who studied the meaning and purpose of life extensively. With deepest gratitude, Ken said in his final days that he “wanted to thank everyone who helped make my transition easier.” “Especially my brother-in-law, who has been a devoted tutor to me.” I fought the battle, I finished the race, I kept the faith. Rest well with the Lord, gentle brother. Your loving memory lives on forever.
A memorial service will be held at the gravesite to celebrate his life on June 22, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Bonnerest Cemetery, S. Main St., Ridgeville, SC. The visit takes place one hour before the funeral service. Rev. Barry Owens, his lifelong friend, and Mt. Tabor UMC Rev. Cheri Yates will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be erected in his honor at the Bonnerest Cemetery Fund, 311 S. Main St. or at the Mt. Tabor UMC, PO Box 193.

Posted by James A Dyal Funeral Home on June 19, 2022.