Kenneth M. Rommel, Jr. Passed away July 28, 2012 at the age of 87. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his daughter Adrienne Rommel Shurbet and husband Drew, his son Kenneth Rommel III and wife Heather and their daughters Zoe and Thea, his ex-wife and closest friend Lee Rommel, his sisters Constance Jones and Louise Cadzow and her husband Bill, and many nieces and nephews. Ken proudly served his country in World War II as part of the Army's 503rd Parachute Infantry which made the famed jump on Corregidor helping to recapture the island. Upon graduating from Gettysburg College in 1951, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent. His career took him to Chicago, New York, and Puerto Rico before moving his family to Santa Fe in 1972 as Special Agent in charge of the local FBI office. Ken retired from the FBI in 1979, he then was hired by the District Attorney's Office to direct the cattle mutilations investigation that culminated in his writing a decisive and controversial official report. In 1981, Ken joined the New Mexico Corrections Department and eventually served as warden of Los Lunas Correctional Center. Upon retirement from the State in 1992, he did private investigation work for the FBI, US Air Force, US Customs, and the CIA. He was a well-respected, patriotic and honorable man who laughed easily and always had a joke to share. Above all, he was a loyal and loving father and family man; a good man much loved by his family, friends and neighbors. Memorial service with military honors will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, August 13th at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at Tiny's Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to the animal charity of your choice
Published by Santa Fe New Mexican on Aug. 10, 2012.