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Kenneth Eugene “Ken” Stith, 87, of Dunkirk died Feb. 2, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family.
He was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Carthage, Mo., to Lee and Helen (Weaver) Stith.
He was raised in Hannibal, Mo., and later moved with his family to Iola, Kan., where he graduated from Iola High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 3, 1943. While in the Army, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory and Army of Occupation medals and the Victory and American Theatre ribbons. He was honorably discharged as a private 1st class on March 13, 1946. He married Betty Eakin on Sept. 7, 1946, and they lived in Washington, D.C. He was employed as an automotive electrician and later owned and operated Central Brake and Alignment in Silver Spring for 25 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the 75th Infantry Division Association and was an active member of Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring. After retirement, he was very involved in community service, especially helping those in need. In his leisure time, he enjoyed sports and was an avid Washington Redskins fan, and he also loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Hollis Stith.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty E. Stith; children, Karen V. Bardwell of Grasonville, Kevin L. Stith and his wife, Linda, of Silver Spring, David E. Stith and his wife, Sarah, of Lothian and Lynn E. Stith-Bennett and her husband, Bobby, of Dunkirk; grandchildren, Kenny and Kristy Bardwell, Kimberly Stith, Laura Armstrong, Brooke Morehouse, Amy Bennett, Dana Jackson, Crystal and Kyle Bennett, Carrie Dilodovico, Troy Bardwell, Tori Salinas and Todd Bardwell; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring.
Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Congregational Church, Retreat House Fund; or to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or online at www.calverthospice.org.