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Kenneth L. Kirkpatrick

Obituary
December 15, 1927 - April 15, 2020
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Harpswell-Kenneth Kirkpatrick age 92 of  Ash Cove Road, died Wednesday April 15 at home.

He was born in Amherst County Virginia on December 15 1927, the son of Harry Randolph and Maud Lillian Mays Kirkpatrick. He was number six of twelve children. He attended Madison Heights public schools.

In 1945 at the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Navy like so many of his generation. Ken served aboard the USS Alshain (AKA-55) an Andromeda-class attack cargo transport ship in the Pacific. He was very fond of the port of San Francisco and completed his high school education while serving his country. In 1950 he was honorably discharged and returned home for a short time working in a local shoe factory. Later that year he returned to military service by enlisting in the United States Air Force. After training for a new technology called "Radar” he deployed to Korea.

In 1952 he received orders to report to the Sage Air Force Base in Topsham Maine, where he met Joyce Elaine Toothaker of Brunswick and they married on May 26, 1956 (and lived happily ever after). Joyce was pregnant with their first child Rebecca when Ken received orders to Steven’s Air Force Base in Newfoundland. Upon his return he received orders to report to Waverly Air Force Base in Iowa where Ken’s second child Stephen was born. In 1963 he received orders to report to a small radar installation on the top of a mountain on the eastern boarder of Germany called Wasserkuppe. (Please sing this next line to the Beverly Hillbillies theme) So they loaded up the truck and moved to Germany! In 1966 Ken received orders to report to Caswell Air Force Base in Limestone Maine. In 1968 he received new orders to report to Vietnam, Joyce and the kids returned to Brunswick to stay with her parents while Ken did his duty in Vietnam. When Ken returned in 1969, he received orders to report to Fort Lee Virginia, this would be his last post serving his country in the United States Air Force.

Ken retired from military service on October, 1973. He would move his family for the last time to a new house he had built in South Harpswell Maine. Ken landed a job as a clerk in the Portland Post Office. He worked his way up through the ranks and did two stints as the temporary post master in Wiscasset and Camden respectively. In 1981 he was appointed post master in his home town of Harpswell. He retired from the post office in 1993.

Ken was a member of the Brunswick United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and chair of the finance committee during the building fund campaign for the church on Church Road. He was the church Custodian for five years. The last job Ken had was as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Brunswick until 2005 (we think). Ken loved baseball and was a life long Saint Louis Cardinals fan. He would be perfectly content to sit on the bank of a river with a worm and a bobber all day long. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Ken is survived by his wife of 63 years Joyce Kirkpatrick of Harpswell. Surviving is a daughter Becky Smith and her husband Dan of West Bath, a son Steve Kirkpatrick and his wife Shelly of Bath, a brother Cliff Kirkpatrick of Forest Virginia and a sister Becky Myers of High Point North Carolina. Also surviving are his grand children, Darren Johnson of Rock Springs Wyoming, Autumn Johnson and family of Topsham, Bob Johnson and his daughter Ava of Harpswell, Sue Tracy, husband Joe and son Jordan of Minot.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at the West Harpswell Cemetery and will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harpswell Neck Fire Department P.O Box 8 Harpswell, Maine 04079.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com