WORTHINGTON - Kenneth B. Pease, Jr., of 437A Kinne Brook Road, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 20, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
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Ken was born April 7, 1927, the son of the late Kenneth and Ethel (Zarr) Pease.
He grew up and spent most of his life in Worthington. He attended Huntington High School and Smith Vocational before joining the Army during World War II. He served with the occupational forces in Germany. He retired from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority in 1989 after 31 years of employment.
Ken leaves his devoted wife of 66 years, Barbara Palmer Pease, a son Gary and his wife Nan of Westfield, daughter Gail Lucey and her husband Michael of Easthampton and daughter Marcia Estelle and her husband Stephen of Worthington. He has three surviving brothers, Richard Pease and his wife Patricia of Tucson, Ariz., Howard Pease and his wife Pamela of Westfield and Robert Pease and his wife Bonita of Russell, two surviving sisters, Nancy Wickland and husband Glen of Dalton and Mary McCready and her husband Peter of Huntington, as well as a brother-in-law Donald Watson of Holyoke.
He was predeceased by his brother James Pease, his sister-in-law Carol and sister Nettie Watson.
He leaves seven proud and admiring grandchildren, Mark Pease and his wife Marisa of Longmeadow, Rebecca Pease of Westfield, Kristen Pease of San Diego, Calif., Stephen Estelle and his wife Kristen of Goshen, Erin Borsari and her husband Joshua of Plymouth, David Lucey and his wife Carolina of Watertown, and Thomas Lucey and his wife Kate of Chicago, Ill. He has seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Mia, Michael, Ross, Rosemarie, Stephen and Arami. Admiration and love for Uncle Kenny extends to nieces, nephews and beyond.
Ken was active in his church and community. He served one term as a selectman and 30 years as an almoner for the Whiting Street Fund. He was a member of the Congregational Church, a lifetime member of both the Worthington Rod and Gun Club and V.F.W. Post 6645 of Russell. He was a 50 year member of the Huntington Federal Masonic Hall Lodge.
During his rich life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping in southern Vermont, and traveling with his wife. He always claimed superiority in his daily games of cribbage but when pressed, would have to acknowledge that it was his wife and not him who could brag about having a "29" hand. Above all, he received pleasure in the company of family and friends. In recent years his life was enriched and probably prolonged by the love and antics of his great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Worthington with a reception to follow at the Worthington Rod and Gun Club.
Williamsburg Funeral Home was entrusted with his cremation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial gifts be given to the John Payne Scholarship Fund at the Worthington Congregational Church, Huntington Road, Worthington, MA 01089 or to the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickenson Hospital, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060.
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Williamsburg, MA 01039
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 25, 2013