Kenneth A. Orkwis

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Kenneth A. Orkwis, 64, of West Vaughn Street, Kingston, passed away Friday at Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre, to his battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 18, 1948, he was the son of the late Frank Orkwis and Georgianna Geipel Orkwis of Dallas.

Kenneth graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1966. He then served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He had been employed by the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, and then he was employed by SCI Retreat for 26 years, retiring in 2001.

He was a member at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston, and always attended the 7 a.m. Mass Sundays at St. Ann's Chapel. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assumpta Council No. 3987, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Luzerne. Kenneth loved golfing, bowling, fishing, horse racing and his cat, Misty, and his granddog, Caesar. He loved his war movies, with his favorite line "Dear, will you shut up and drive."

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Frank; and his maternal and paternal grandparents

He is survived by his mother; his wife of 37 years, Lenore Yanchik Orkwis; daughter, Jennifer, Exeter; son, Michael, Duryea; brothers, Frank and Ronald; and sister, Joy Orkwis Stephenson, Lakeland, Fla. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Kenneth will be greatly missed by those who thought of him as "Dad."

Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston. The interment with military honors will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at
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Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc.
1044 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
(570) 288-9341
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Published in Times Leader on Sept. 8, 2013
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