BLACK, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Kenneth M. February 7, 1921- April 27, 2013 Ken passed away with his family by his side on April 27th. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania. In 1942, Ken worked at Piper Aircraft Corporation in Lock Haven, PA where he met and married the love of his life, Helen Hartzell. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. In 1943, he graduated as a pilot and was assigned to the Air Corps Training Command where he trained B-17 pilots. He proudly served in WWII and from 1960-1966 was assigned as a launch control officer for the ATLAS ICBM missile. Later he transferred to the Alaska Air Command Headquarters. Lastly, Ken served in Vietnam as a reconnaissance pilot, then retiring in 1970. His military awards include, "Campaign Medal", "Air Force Commendation Medal", "Air Medal", "Distinguished Flying Cross", and life member of the "Order of Daedalians". Ken and Helen traveled the U.S. by motorhome for many years visiting friends and relatives from Spokane to Pennsylvania. They spent many winters in Dallas, TX with their daughter, Pam and her family. Ken loved to work on his computer, even learning Windows 8 in the last few months. Ken and Helen were blessed with two daughters, Pam Whiteside (husband, Clarence) and Debbi Frost (husband, Daryl); two grandchildren, Rick Hughes and Tami Hoiby who gave them four great-grandchildren. Ken loved his family with all his heart and showed it every day of his life. Our loving parents were married just one month shy of 70 years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 3rd at 1:30pm at the Washington State Veteran's Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd. Medical Lake, WA 99022. Please make memorial contributions to the Spokane Home for Veterans, 222 E. 5th Spokane, WA, 99202.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on May 1, 2013