Kenneth Henning Hildreth Jr.
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HEBRON — Dr. Ken Hildreth Jr. left time and entered eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, July 23, 2012. He was born June 11, 1924, in Keyser, W.Va., to the late Kenneth and Eleze Kight Hildreth.
He grew up in Laurel, Md. Ken served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Nevada, USS Wisconsin and USS Albany. Following service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education at the University of Maryland, where he was captain of the soccer team. He later earned his Master of Science degree in education and Ed.D. in safety studies from West Virginia University. "Doc" served as a teacher and coach in Prince Georges County until 1975, where he brought home many trophies for winning seasons in baseball, girls softball, basketball, football and golf. In 1973, his girls softball team was county champions with a record of 18-0. Among his career accomplishments in education were those of teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. He also served as an instructor at Northern Arizona University and West Virginia University. Dr. Hildreth established the four-day school week in the state of Arizona while superintendent at Ash Fork School District in Yavapai County.
During his retirement, Dr. Hildreth had lived on his farm in Hebron since 1981, where he enjoyed farming, various renovation projects, antique collecting and restoration, and hunting at Muddy Hole. He also was involved in home building on Delmarva and spent several years working in education on the Navajo reservation in Arizona at Rough Rock, Red Mesa and Many Farms.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth H. Hildreth III.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie L. Hildreth of Hebron; five children, Cheryl of Laurel, Md., Michael of Savannah, Ga., Mark of Florida, Michele of Bowie, Md., and Audette of Hebron; grandchildren, Jason, Mary, Michelle, Todd, Lisa, Steven, Kaylan, Clare, Adam and Breana; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Private interment services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Services are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home PA at 501 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.
Published in The Daily Times on July 29, 2012