Kenneth E. Small, 90 of Millerstown, passed peacefully and comfortably in his sleep, Friday, March 30, 2018 at Thornwald Home, Carlisle, PA. He was born August 5, 1927 in Mechanicsburg to Albert and Grace (Stone) Small. Ken was the last surviving of nine of Grace and Albert’s children. He always valued education, having only completed the ninth grade and always said that once you get an education, no one can take that away from you. He joined the United States Navy in 1944 during WWII at age 17, having falsified his age. He served in the South Pacific on the USS Ascella and was awarded the Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. In 1951 Ken joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542 and worked as a heavy equipment operator until he retired in 1989. In retirement, he spent his time exercising at the West Shore Health Club and later at the Lions Den in McAlisterville. He also enjoyed being a driver for Amish construction crews in Shippensburg and making the “rounds” to his social clubs, to sign “the book” and lottery tickets. He was a life-time member of the VFW Post 34 of Newport and was a past member in good standing with the Mechanicsburg Men’s Club, Millerstown Moose Lodge #925, Owls Club of Newport, American Legion Post #177 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1299 Carlisle.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Kendalle D. Wilt, who was his pride and joy, her husband Roger G. Wilt. Granddaughter Sara Wilt of Palmyra and Grandson, Austin Wilt of Duncannon and a host of friends and union brothers, nieces and nephews. A Service of Celebration will be held Saturday, April 7 beginning at noon, Duncannon Otterbein United Methodist Church, 327 Newport Road, Duncannon, PA. with Pastor Chris Nauta officiating. A meal with all of Ken’s favorite foods will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to come prepared to share a story of Ken and how he touched your life. Burial will be private at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ken’s name are requested for the Millerstown Senior Center, Attn: Marilyn Lauver, 99 Greenwood Street, Millerstown, PA 17062, where he enjoyed making friends and playing Wii bowling. Kendalle and Roger would also like to express their deepest gratitude to the outstanding and wonderful staff of Thornwald Home, from maintenance, to laundry to food services, to the wonderful nursing aids, LPNs, RNs, therapy department, social services, financial office and executive director. Thank you all for the loving and compassionate care you gave to Daddy, to me and my family.