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Kenneth B. Lantigua

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Kenneth B. Lantigua Obituary
Kenneth B. Lantigua, 94, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Alamogordo. He was born April 15, 1918, in Cambridge, Mass., to Edward F. and Emily F. (Costella) Lantigua.
Ken was an office manager, World War II veteran, U.S. Army sergeant, a certified public accountant, steel purchasing agent, sales manager and, after retiring, a church custodian for 23 years. He also performed community service.
He was the AARP president, member of the mayors and superintendent of schools advisory committees and first vice president of the Area Agency on Aging, as well as a member of the board of directors for six northwest Indiana counties for nine years. He attended the governor's conference on aging for 12 years and, in 1998, was given the older Hoosier of the Year award by Gov. Frank O'Bannon. He was also given the distinguished service award by the president of AAOA.
Ken was also chapter commander of VFW, chapter and district commander of DAV and co-editor of the DAV state newspaper. He also started a newspaper for the AAOA and distributed 10,000 copies to nursing homes and senior centers.
Survivors include daughters Beverley Topa and her husband, James, of Crown Point, Ind., Donna Johnston and her husband, Wallace, of Fisher, Ind., and Gail Alexander and her husband, Howard, of Alamogordo; sister Meredith Burke, of Sun City West, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife of 62 years, Mary (Othote); second wife of six years, Vivian (Adrian); daughter Mary Deering; grandson Kirk Deering; brothers Edward, Melvin and Paul; and sisters Doris and Virginia.
Inurnment will be in Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrilville, Ind.
The Lantigua family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 9 to Oct. 8, 2012
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