Clinton - Kenneth Joseph Irving Sr., 83, of Clinton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Kenneth was born on August 10, 1930, in Plainfield, Vt., the son of the late Joseph and Minnie (Dodge) Irving. His family later moved to Freedom where he attended school, and graduated from the South Freedom School in 1947.
He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1948, serving in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1951. Upon leaving the military he went to work for Cianchette Brothers at Limestone Air Force Base for a year and half. He was a self-employed logger, and then worked for Mickey Marden driving truck for several years. Later, he started his own trucking business, hauling lime and fertilizer to farms throughout Maine and New Hampshire for over 25 years. He then plowed snow for the Town of Benton for three years; and he sanded and plowed for the Town of Clinton for several years before retiring in 1990.
Kenneth served as a selectman for the Town of Clinton, was a member of the Clinton and Winslow American Legions, attended Clinton Baptist Church and was a member of the Burnham Baptist Church.
He was predeceased by his brother, Merlin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Myrtle Richardson; one daughter, Shirley LaGross; three sons, Kenneth Irving Jr. and his wife, Mona, Merlin Irving, and Ronnie Irving and his wife, Judy, all of Clinton; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several cousins.
Special thanks go to Gwen and all the doctors and nurses of Health Reach Hospice and the members of Somerset Area Hospice who have given their services and support for the last year and a half, and to the Clinton Rescue Team.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 29, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at the Burnham Baptist Church, 40 Troy Road, Burnham, with the Rev. Albert J. Thibault officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Burnham Baptist Church, P.O. Box 46, Burnham, ME 04922.
An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.