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Kenneth H. Dautrich Jr.

Kenneth H. Dautrich Jr., 77, of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday afternoon at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Kenneth H. and Jane (Driscoll) Dautrich.

He moved to Berwick and was a graduate of Berwick High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College. Kenneth was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving from 1952 to 1956.

He was employed for many years at Williams Bakery and retired from Stroehman's Bakery. He most recently worked at Pediatria, Wilkes-Barre. He was a former member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Wilkes-Barre, and the North End Slovak Club, and was an avid Dodger fan. He touched the lives of all who knew him with his gentle ways and love for his family and friends. He always was there for everyone. His passing leaves a great void. We love you, Bert!

He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Dautrich.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Vicki Prebola, Plains Township; daughter, Karen Chmielewski, and her husband, Rick, Wilkes-Barre; son, Ken Dautrich, and his wife, Marybeth, Mansfield Center, Conn.; grandchildren, Jill DeAnthony and her husband, Jeff, Shavertown; Kenny Dautrich, Philadelphia, and Allison Dautrich, Connecticut; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Jeffrey, Justin and Abigail DeAnthony; sisters, Joan Samsel and her husband, Donald, Conway, S.C., and Jean Markley and her husband, John, Sauquoit, N.Y.; brother Tom Dautrich and his wife, Joan, Lancaster; sister-in-law, Joanne Dautrich, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home the morning of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.

Published in Times Leader on Mar. 1, 2013
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