Montville - Kenneth E. Burrows, SKC, USN, (Retired), 88, of Uncasville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at home with his wife by his side.|
He was born in Methuen, Mass., on Sept. 2, 1924, the son of John and Euphemia (Jackson) Burrows and attended school in Lawrence, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, and proudly served his country during World War II, the Korea conflict, and the Vietnam War, concluding his 24-year military career at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton. He earned the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and American Campaign Medal. He was honored as Sailor of the Month in 1959 while serving as an assistant supervisor at the Sub Base Commissary. He went on to work for and retire from the State of Connecticut as a toll supervisor.
He met the love of his life, Charlotte (Drendel), in June of 1946, and they were married in Dracut, Mass., on Sept. 8, 1946. They enjoyed their retirement years together as "snow birds" in Florida.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and was an active member for over 50 years at the John Hancock Lodge in Methuen, Mass. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite.
When asked where he went to college he said "the School of Hard Knocks". He was a fix-it man around the house, a ham radio enthusiast (N1GBQ), and was happiest at the wheel of his boat or with a fishing pole in his hand. He was a Navy man through and through.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Charlotte; a daughter, Nancy Hess and husband, Donald, of Oakdale; sons, Kenneth and wife, Nancy, of North Stonington, and John of Uncasville; grandchildren, Craig Gronlund of Newington, Christy Gronlund Magee and her husband, Gregory, of Falls Church, Va., and Taylor Burrows of Uncasville.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Miles.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to hospice for all their care and compassion.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville. Burial with military honors will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. Ken's family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or to a
Published in The Day on Nov. 13, 2012