Kenneth S. Warmkessel

DANVILLE — Kenneth S. Warmkessel, 82, of McCracken Road, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born Feb. 2, 1930, in Danville, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Christine (Woolcock) Warmkessel.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.

After serving in the military, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a master's degree in music education.

He married the former Belle Wademan, who survives. His death ends a marital union of 59 years.

Ken taught for more than 37 years for the Danville Area School District.

He was involved in numerous area bands. He was director of the Danville American Legion Band for several years, and played with the Mal Arter Orchestra, Seasons Sounds, Sunbury City Band, Irem Temple Band and Dansbachers, and taught music lessons to many area children. Music was Ken's life.

He was a strong family man, and a lifetime member of Mahoning Presbyterian Church and the Masons.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Scott and his wife, Teresa, of Bath, and Mark and his wife, Melissa, of Maryland; three daughters, Lynn and her husband, Mark Freeze, of Danville, Sherry and her husband, Greg Rosenberry, of Chambersburg, and Jennifer and her husband, John Taylor, of Allentown; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a brother, Glen and his wife, Kathy, of Florida, and a sister, Karen, and her husband, Dino Cantelmi, of Bethlehem.

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WARMKESSEL — Kenneth S. Warmkessel, 82, of McCracken Road, Danville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mahoning Presbyterian Church, 106 E. Mahoning St., Danville, with his pastor, the Rev. Graham Rodgers officiating. Burial will follow at Straub's Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church St., Danville, or from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at Mahoning Presbyterian Church. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Senior High School Music Department, 600 Walnut St. Danville 17821. Please send online condolences to

Published in The News Item on Jan. 22, 2013