Kenneth F. Staab

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YORK Kenneth F. Staab, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. He was visiting his son, Joshua, and granddaughter, Marilyn, for the holidays when he was hospitalized. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. at the John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 2114 W. Market St., York, followed by a 1 p.m. memorial service with his friend, Father Tim Small, officiating. The Northern Regional Honor Guard will make a presentation at the funeral home. Ken will be buried next to his parents, Annette (Bortner) and Eugene Staab at (St. Jacobs) Stone Church in Glenville, with military honors by the York County Veteran Honor Guard. Ken is survived by his son, Joshua; a granddaughter, Marilyn; a sister, Jessica Hilt and her husband, Bruce; a nephew, Scott; a niece, Gena; two aunts, Nancy and Gloria Staab; a cousin, Wanda Gunnet and family; and many other cousins, friends, and co-workers. Born May 5, 1946, Ken was a lifelong resident of York, growing up in the Grantley neighborhood with his parents, sister Jessica, and great-aunt Jessie "Nana" Bortner. His sister will always cherish their "special brother and sister bond" she shared with him, and how he mentored her, being five years her senior. Ken graduated from York Suburban High School in 1964 and Goldey Beacom College, Del., in 1966 where he studied business and was a member of the Sigma Delta Rho Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972, with the Naval Security Group during the Vietnam Era. He was stationed in the Philippines, Florida, and Hawaii. He worked for the York County Tax Assessment Office for 25 years, and continued as an independent appraiser for Commercial Industrial Appraisal Services. He was a member of the York County Tax Assessment Appeals Board, Local Advisory Council, North York Borough Zoning Board and member of the Vigilant Social Club. He also served as a President of the York Area Earned Income Tax Bureau, was a Mayor of North York Borough, and was a representative for North York Borough on Northern York County Regional Police Commission from 1997 to 2005 and 2008 to 2014 as their Police Commissioner. An avid sports fan, Ken continued the family tradition as a New York Yankees fan, and rooted for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Penguins. As a young man, he was a softball player and later an umpire at the Bob Hoffman Stadium. He was a member of APBA, DJ'd Oldies and Classic Rock, and was known for his warm, friendly personality and sense of humor. Ken was named after his paternal uncle, Kenneth Girard Staab, a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his valor while serving under Gen. George Patton in WWII. Kenneth G. is memorialized at the new Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden, dedicated to all who served in the United State Armed Forces. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to establish a tree in memory of Mayor Staab at the Gold Star Garden, c/o K. Staab, P.O. Box 3339, York, PA 17402. John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., and Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel of South Dakota are entrusted with the arrangements. KefferFH.com
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John W. Keffer Funeral Home, Inc.
2114 West Market Street
York, PA 17404
(717) 792-3239
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 2, 2014
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