Kenneth A. Totten
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AGE: 74 • Old Bridge
Kenneth A. Totten, 74, passed Wednesday evening, Jan. 1, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Morristown, he was a lifelong resident of Old Bridge. Ken graduated South River High School in 1957. Shortly after graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps and was a helicopter mechanic from 1958-1961. After his enlistment, he played semi-pro football for a number of years.
Ken joined the South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Department in 1956 and served the company for 57 years. He also served as Fire Chief for 3 years. He served as Fire Commissioner for Old Bridge Township Fire District 3 for the last 34 years and was president of the Board for 3 of those years.
Ken loved coaching youth sports: Pop Warner football, little league baseball and basketball. Along with Mel Eggers, he founded the Old Bridge Recreational Basketball League in 1974. He was head football coach for the Old Bridge Rams Pop Warner football organization from 1965 through 1984; and a baseball coach at the Old Bridge Little League for over 15 years. He was also an accomplished sports official and umpired high school baseball. Ken officiated high school football for 26 years and was the referee for a handful of state championship games. Prior to retiring in 2001, Mr. Totten was a truck driver for Paul's Trucking in Avenel.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Norma Joyce Schueler Totten; 4 sons, Kenneth of Old Bridge, Richard and his wife Kerrie of North Brunswick, David "Smokey" of Neptune City, and Greg and his wife Dana of Toms River; 2 daughters, Cheryl Clemments and her husband Bob of South River, and Debbie Totten of Old Bridge; a brother, Raymond Totten and his wife, Leslie; 15 grandchildren, Shane, David, Kenny, Michael, Matthew, Kelsey, Kevin, Brian, Nicky, Eddie, Joey, Joe, Kayla, Sommer and Alena; 2 great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Jake; and 2 daughters-in-law, Marie Totten and Tammi Totten.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the funeral home, followed by interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, East Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NJ, 1347 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (www.nj.wish.org) or
, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org). For directions, please visit www.brunswickmemorialhome.com.
Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home
454 Cranbury Rd East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Published in Home News Tribune & Asbury Park Press on Jan. 3, 2014