NEWTON FALLS - Kenneth K. Christopher, 86, of Newton Falls, entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Washington Square Healthcare Center.
Kenneth was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Masontown, W.Va., the son of Kenneth K. and Geraldine Blackburn Christopher.
Ken enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving from 1944 to 1948. He served during World War II in the Pacific, Atlantic and the Mediterranean seas.
Following this enlistment, in 1948, he enlisted into the U.S. Army, serving overseas in Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star along with other medals for his service to his country. He returned to civilian life after his honorable discharge May 12, 1952.
On March 3, 1953, Kenneth and Loraine Sisler were united in marriage in Oakland, Md. The couple recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Ken and Loraine relocated to this area in the summer of 1953.
He had been employed by Denman Tire for 14 years. After leaving Denman Tire, he became a licensed life insurance agent, operating his own agency, Christopher Insurance. He was also an insurance agent for Federal Kemper Insurance Company.
Ken was a member of the V.F.W. Post 5067 in Garrettsville and also Gideons International.
He enjoyed pheasant hunting, camping and following the West Virginia University basketball and football teams.
Ken loved life and his family. He delighted in teaching songs to his children and grandchildren, and he would look forward to the family reunions.
Cherished memories of Ken will be carried on by his loving family; his wife, Loraine; his children, Raylene (Robert) DeLeon, Kenneth "Butch" Jr. (Diane) Christopher, Dorene (Victor) Sutton, Mickey (Helene) Christopher and Mark Christopher; his adored 13 grandchildren; his 16 great-grandchildren, with two on the way; and his sister- and brother-in-law, Donna and Melvin Shaffer.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls, where a service will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Peter King officiating.
Ken will travel the country roads of his beloved West Virginia to Masontown, where visitation and a service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion Church.
Military honors will follow in the Mount Zion Cemetery, where Ken will be laid to rest.