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Dr. Japheth Osia Jaoko, 46, husband of Marcela Adikiny Jaoko, née Odindo, died Monday, May 8, 2017, at Baptist Health in Lexington. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, he was the son of the late Samuel Jaoko and Mary Jaoko, née Oduol. He attended Pan Africa Christian University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005. He was a social work professor at Campbellsville University, Campbellsville. In addition to his wife of 15 years, he is survived by two children, Jabali Osia Jaoko and Zawadi Adikiny Jaoko; and five siblings, Prof. Walter Jaoko, Elisheba Jaoko, Nerea Nalo, Patrick Jaoko and Jacob Jaoko. Three siblings, Frank Jaoko, Fred Jaoko and Alice Jaoko, are deceased. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 11, at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, 115 Paddock Drive, Versailles. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside service and burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Ridgeway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Bluegrass or Markuny Primary School in Sidindi, Kenya (Dr. Jaoko's rural home).

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