SMETHPORT - Kenneth R. Dawley, 83, of 835 Bordell Road, Smethport, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday (Aug. 26, 2013).
He was born April 20, 1930, in Bradford, the oldest son of Cleveland L. and Mabel Eschrich Dawley. On Aug. 14, 1954, in the Rixford Evangelical United Brethren Church, he married Patricia L. Billsborough, who survives.
Ken graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army, 84th Airborne, as a paratrooper during the Korean War
from 1950 to 1953 in Germany and stateside in North Carolina. He worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and retired from there in 1995.
Ken was a member and Deacon of the Coleville Christian Gospel Church. He spent many hours reading and studying the Bible. He also was a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and local ATV Club. He loved gardening, his dogs, cats and rabbits.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia L. Billsborough Dawley; his daughter, Janet (Tod) Kervin; his son, Henry (Tina) Dawley; four grandchildren, Bob (Katie) Kervin, Aleta (Bill) Cole, Heather (Jason) Snyder and Stacey (Kevin) Berceli; five great-granddaughters, Haley, Jorja, Emily, Ella and Alexis; a sister, Joyce Green; one brother, Leon John Dawley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the Coleville Christian Gospel Church, Coleville, with the Rev. Dan LaPage, officiating. Committal will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Coleville Christian Gospel Church, Route 46, Smethport, PA; or the McKean County SPCA, Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com