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Kenneth R. Stoughton

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Kenneth R. Ken Stoughton 81, of Blackstone, died peacefully, with his family at his side Thursday December 4, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Impatient Center in Providence, Rhode Island following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Rita H. (Petitto) Stoughton, with whom he shared 60 years of love and friendship. Born September 22, 1933 in Boston, a son of the late Chesbrook Stoughton, Sr. and Helen J. (McGrath) Stoughton, he was a former longtime resident of Franklin, before moving to Blackstone several years ago. He was raised and educated in the Roxbury section of Boston, and was a retired contractor who built several homes in the local area. Ken was also a former letter carrier in the town of Needham for 16 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War; and was part of the 187th Airborne R. C.T. Rakkasans. On July 7, 1953 Pvt. Stoughton distinguished himself by heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Sokkogae, North Korea. He was responsible for holding off the enemy as they approached and made an assault at the outpost Porkchop. For this selfless act he was awarded the Bronze Star with V Device, the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and a Parachute Badge. He was honorably discharged in November 1954. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he treasured the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, traveling, golf, Marthas Vineyard and was a former top ranked amateur bowler. Ken was a former member of the Needham VFW, and was a longtime parishioner and CCD teacher for St. Marys Church, Franklin. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Karen R. McGrath and her husband Matthew of Franklin, Kathleen Melanson and her husband Richard Melanson, Sr. of Blackstone, Kelly Abbott and her husband Charles of Franklin and Kristine Bartzokis and her husband Nicholas of Franklin, brothers Chesbrook Stoughton, Jr. of Foxboro, Allen Trottier of Randolph, Stephen Trottier of Rochester, NH, and a sister Donna Bunnell of Wareham. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren; Kathleen & Erin McGrath, Richard Melanson, Jr., Christopher & Emily Melanson, Bryan, Evan and Elizabeth Bippy Abbott and Stephen Bartzokis. He was the brother of the late Edwin Sprague, Beverly Simmons and was the stepson of the late Bernard Ben Trottier. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral with military honors Tuesday Dec. 9th, at 9AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., with a funeral Mass in St. Marys Church, 1 Church Sq., Franklin at 10AM. His interment will be held privately. Calling hours are Monday from 2-4 & 6-8PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Country Gazette from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2014
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