Kenneth Leroy Ellenberger
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Kenneth Leroy Ellenberger, 88, of Grove City, formerly of Kittanning Pike, Chicora, passed away Monday at Orchard Manor in Grove City.
He was born March 14, 1924, in Kaylor, Armstrong County, to Ralph L. and Beryl Irene (Kamerer) Ellenberger.
Ken was a graduate of Karns City High School and spent most of his life in the area. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army in Belgium during World War II as a radioman.
Ken was employed as a switchman with United Telephone in Butler and retired in 1981 with more than 30 years of service.
He was a member of the former Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church and the Argyle Lodge 540 F&AM Masonic Lodge of Chicora.
Ken had many hobbies throughout his life including Indian artifacts and Indian art, as well as old cars, trains and steam engines. He will be especially remembered for his friendly disposition and his ability to strike up a conversation with whomever he met.
His memory will be carried on by his loving wife of 24 years, Martha (Rider) Ellenberger, who he married March 9, 1988; sons, Kenneth Michael Ellenberger of Butler, Ralph David Ellenberger and his wife, Margaret "Peggy," of Chicora and John L. Ellenberger of Monongahela; grandchildren, David Ellenberger, Nathan Ellenberger, Matthew Ellenberger, Christina Ellenberger and Carrie Monahan; and great-grandchildren, Shelby Ellenberger and Michael Monahan.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and the mother of his children, W. Joyce (Burkhard) Ellenberger.
ELLENBERGER - Relatives and friends of Kenneth Leroy Ellenberger, who passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia, where a Masonic service will be at 5:45 p.m.
Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Boomhower officiating.
Full military honors presented by the VFW Post 7876 and the American Legion Post 642 of Chicora and Post 488 of Bradys Bend will follow funeral services at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery, Chicora.
Contributions may be made in Ken's memory to Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
To view a video tribute honoring Ken's life or to express an online condolence to his family, please visit www.bauerhillisfuneral.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Jan. 22, 2013