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Kenneth R. Persson

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Kenneth R. Persson died Saturday, March 8, 2014, after a brief illness. He was at his home in Bridgewater in the company of his loving family and under the care of hospice. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna J. (Findley) Persson. Born Dec. 14, 1922, in Brockton, he was one of six sons and three daughters of Paulin E. Persson and Ida Olivia (Petterson) Persson, both immigrants from Sweden. He was the last survivor of his birth family. After graduating from Brockton High School, Class of 1941, he worked at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, until he joined the U.S. Navy at the start of World War II. He served as a radioman and tail gunner in Airship Squadron 33 (the blimps) at Naval Air Station Tillimook, (Oregon) and in Hawaii. Upon discharge from the Navy at the end of the war, he joined the CAA (now the FAA) and worked there for his entire career. As a result of different postings he moved his family from Oregon to Alaska, Oklahoma, New York and Massachusetts. His faith was an integral and important part of his life. In 1923 he was the first baby baptized in the newly-built First Lutheran Church in Brockton and he maintained his membership all his life, no matter how far away he lived. Upon his return to Massachusetts he became active in the church, particularly enjoying the golf and bowling leagues. He served at various times on the Church Council and in other service capacities. He was predeceased by his parents, his eight siblings, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his five children, Meredith A. Persson (Dan Chieppa) of New Bedford, James R. Persson (Trudy) of New York, Christine G. Persson (companion Tom Sharp), Susan C. Persson (Edward Ryan Jr.) of Vermont, and Nancy E. Persson (Mark Leonard) of Easton. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. His funeral will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 900 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301. Calling hours are omitted. Interment will be private after cremation. There will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Food for Friends food pantry at First Lutheran Church, of to the Persson Scholarship Fund at First Lutheran Church. Either would be greatly appreciated by the family, as both are charities he and his wife helped originate and supported generously. Arrangements are by the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 647 Main Street, Brockton. Please visit www.d-mfh.com to send a condolence to the family. Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 647 Main St., Brockton 508-586-4391

Published in The Enterprise on Mar. 12, 2014
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