He was born on July 15, 1926, in Avon, and served in the U.S. Navy on L.S.T. 285 during WWII. He was a resident of North Ridgeville for 30 years, before moving to Clearwater, Florida in 1990. Kenneth worked as the Director of Production Services for First Energy, retiring in 1990. Never one to sit still, upon moving to Clearwater, Kenneth worked for six more years at N.U.S. Halliburton. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, American Legion Post 0717 and V.F.W. Post 1079.
In his free time, he enjoyed golf, wood carving, gardening, but most of all, spending time with his family at the beach.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rita (nee O’Neil); sons, Terry (Kathy) of Lakewood and Casey (Jeanne) of North Ridgeville; daughters, Kathleen (Chuck) Smith of Oberlin, Kathleen (Ken) Koubek of Litchfield, Pamela (Ken) Scakacs of North Ridgeville and Judy (Tom) Hopkins of Grafton; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and sister, Lorene (Neil) Alston of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Jeanne (nee Brence) Gabel; son, William Frey; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Gabel.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 P.M., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, in the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, N. Ridgeville, where a prayer service will be held 9:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, followed by a 10 A.M. Mass, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Reverend Bob Franco will be the Celebrant. Interment, with Military Honors, will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ames Family Hospice House, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake 44145. For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.bognerfamilyfuneralhome.com