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Obituary: Kenneth Ray Waddell '73

FAIRMONT, WVA - Kenneth Ray Waddell was born May 10, 1929, in Rivesville, a son of the late John M. and Blanche DeMoss Waddell, and died in September 2012. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Elizabeth Rider Waddell, and father to five children: daughter Deborah Jane Carter and son-in-law John of Bridgeport, son Kenneth Randolph (Randy) and daughter-in-law Julie of Bexley, Ohio, daughter Linda Jo O'Shea and son-in-law Ted of Bunker Hill, WV, daughter Kimberly Ann Baldwin and son-in-law Joseph of Bridgeport, and son David Alan and daughter-in-law Mary of Milton, WV.

Ken has eleven grandchildren: John Marshall Carter, Kathryn Grace Waddell, Elijah Cole Waddell, Christine Elizabeth Berg, Christopher Justin Berg, Lindsey Ryan O'Shea, Kathynn (Katie) Mikaela Baldwin, Victoria (Torie) Jolie Baldwin, Ian Patrick Waddell, Amber Nicole Waddell and Lillie Elizabeth Waddell; and one great-grandson, Rider August Dufour.

Ken is also survived by one sister, Ruth of Rivesville, WV; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Waddell of Philippi, WV; and his beloved dog, "Sarge."

In addition to his parents, his three brothers preceded him in death, Robert Carroll, John Frances and Joseph Edward Waddell. His first golden retriever, Chosin, who had been a big part of his life, also preceded him in death. Ken was very proud of his family, his service to his country and his years of work with the youth in education.

Ken served in the United States Marine Corps, where he spent two tours of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet, came through the Suez Canal as part of the 7th Marine Regiment, and made both the Korean War landings at Inchon and Wanson. He was battle wounded at the Chosin Reservoir and flown to Osaka, Japan, returning to active duty in Korea in February 1951. He ended his tour of duty at the Marine Barracks in Norfolk, VA, in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant. Kenneth received the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation with "V for Valor," Navy Commendation/European Clasp, Korean Service Medal with 3 stars, Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

Ken received his A.B. degree in education at Fairmont State College, his Master's degree in Science Education from Antioch College and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, West Virginia University and Shenandoah College, VA. He taught for 38 years as a Physical Biological Science teacher in Marion County and as an adjunct teacher of Physical Science at Fairmont State College.

Ken was actively involved in many military organizations, where he served as past member of the Military Order Purple Heart Color Guard, Marine Corps Color Guard and Veterans Council Honor Guard. He was a past State Commander, past State Adjuvant and past Chapter 724 Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was past Commandant of Marine Corps League of Fairmont and past Vice President of the Marion County Veteran's Council. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the First Marine Division Association. He was a member of "The Men of Chosin," "The Chosin Few," the National Korean War Veterans, the Fairmont Korean War Veterans and the Marine Corps Devil Dogs.

Kenneth was life member of the NEA and WVEA and the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees. He served as past president of the WV Science Teachers Association, past regional director for the WV Retired School Employees Association, past President for the Marion County Classroom Teachers Association, past President of the Marion County School Employees Federal Credit Union and past member of the Executive Board WVEAR.

Ken was dedicated to community service. He was a member of the Fairmont Kiwanis Club, serving on the Board of Directors. He was a 40-year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America-Mountaineer Area Council and served as a past district Commissioner-Pierpont District, member of the Executive Board and past Vice President of Relationships. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow, a past Scout Troop Leader of Troop 14 and Explorer Leader of Post 11. In honor of his years of scouting service, Kenneth received the Silver Beaver Award, District Merit Award MAC BSA, Scouter of the Year, James C. West BSA and a Doctor's Degree College of Commissioner of Science BSA.

As an educator, Ken received the West Virginia Retired Teacher of the Year Award, Conservation Teacher of the Year Award and Go Cat Award for Education and Teaching. At East Fairmont High School, he was the inaugurate and coach of the Boys and Girls Tennis team of 1978-79.

Waddell received Governor Underwood's 1998 Distinguished West Virginian Award, Secretary of State, Veteran Volunteer of Marion County Award, West Virginia History Hero and Secretary of State Living History Award. He was very active in the program "Take a Veteran to School Day" regularly on Veterans Day. He participated for many years in the Flag Program in Marion County Schools.

Kenneth was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont, having served on a number of boards and committees. He was past president of Men's Fellowship and served on the Executive Committee of the Fairmont Baptist Association.

Ken enjoyed outdoor activities, his family and friends, photography and his yearly garden, of which he was so proud, sharing the plentiful vegetables with many. He was a member of the CCC Association, supporter of the CCC Museum located in Harrison County and an active member of the Marion County Historical Society.

Friends and family may visit the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, on Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.

He will lie in repose at First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, from 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, until the 11 a.m. funeral service, with Rev. Valerie Gittings and Rev. Victor Shields officiating. A committal service, with full military rites, will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to First Baptist Church of Fairmont, 901 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or Antioch College, 1 Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.