July 19, 2011
Kenneth Puckett began working for the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) in June, 2004. While at ODHH he held the position of director and more recently as representative. Simultaneously, the Pennsylvania interpreter act was enacted, and Ken became the third director of the Office. He orchestrated the first training on the interpreter law by using tele-conferencing equipment which was a new concept for ODHH and the participants. He had a full plate with learning a new job, being in a new state and implementing the Act. As representative, Ken worked in our Johnstown office and dedicated himself to advocating for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, educating the providers/employers about the communication needs of people with hearing loss, providing trainings and technical assistance. Ken was the lead person in the development of a “best practices” document. Unfortunately, while Ken will not see the final product, he started us off on the right foot.
He enjoyed architecture, especially the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s
On July 8, 2011, Ken was admitted to the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). While in the hospital, Ken contracted pneumonia and died of complications on July 17, 2011.
The Johnstown Association of the Deaf (JAD) will host a memorial service for
Kenneth Puckett and Kristal Hetz. Kristal is a member of the deaf community who also recently passed away. The memorial service will be held on Aug. 6, 2011 from
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign language interpreters will be provided.
Ken requested to be laid to rest in his home state of Arkansas. His family is making the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to his family, via Kenneth’s brother:
P.O. Box 8
Hickory Valley, TN 38042