CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Kenneth Vaughn Witten, 93, formerly of Price, passed away peacefully in Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, from pneumonia, resulting from an accidental injury.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1917, in Gary, WV, the son of the late Oscar Thompson Witten and Ada Berry Witten, the parents of eight boys and three girls. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Nellie Troski Witten and by nine of his siblings: Greever, Ellen (Polly), Jeff, Ernest, Quinlan, Jack, Graham, Virginia and Patrick.
Mr. Witten graduated from Gary High School in 1936 and was married to Julia Nellie Troski on Sept. 16, 1939 in McDowell County, WV. After high school, he began working in the coal mines until a work-related injury in 1940 which prevented him from service in the armed forces. He then began a career with US Steel Corporation and during his 45 years with the company, he was transferred to Wellington where he was instrumental in building a new coal preparation plant. He worked at the plant for 28 years, where he retired as plant foreman in 1982.
Mr. Witten and his wife, Nellie had three daughters. Ada Rose, born on April 13, 1942 whom died at birth. Merilyn Dolores was born on Sept. 26, 1944 and Julie Ann was born on Jan. 23, 1969. With their two oldest daughters, Kenneth and his wife Nellie resided in Price for 28 years, living at 633 North 1st East. Shortly after Nellie's death in 1983, Kenneth relocated with his daughter, Julie, to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to be near relatives.
Mr. Witten was very active in the Fraternal Lodge of Freemasons, holding dual memberships in the Carbon County Lodge #16 in Price, UT and the McDowell Lodge No. 112 in Welch, WV. Mr. Witten was raised as a Master Mason in 1952 and later received the Holy Royal Arch degree in Price. His Masonic efforts include service and philanthropic support to Shriners of North America, Order of the Eastern Star, and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Mr. Witten was a long-time and active member of the United Methodist Church in Price, and a Life Member of the Price #1559 Elks Lodge. He enjoyed baseball, playing cards, gardening, music, and extensive travel. But, most of all he was a family man that enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and dogs.
Surviving him are his sister Janis Eckhart of Edgewater, Fla; his daughter, Julie Richardson, her husband Scott Andrew Richardson and grandsons Ryan Witten Richardson and Andrew Scott Richardson of Charlottesville, VA, with whom he resided; his daughter Merilyn Ault and her husband Tony Ault of Hemet, Calif; grandson Michael Kenneth Ault and his wife Sarah Ault; great grandson, Gavin Ault; many other loving family members; and his companion dogs, Pepe and Koda.
Arrangements were handled by Fanning Funeral Home, 140 US Route 52 N, Welch, WV 24801 Phone: 304-436-4169. Graveside services with Masonic Funeral Rites were held on Monday, November 15, 2010, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluefield, WV. Family-member, the Reverend Tommy Witten, officiated.
Immediate family can be reached at 954-260-0464 or at 6Richardsons@gmail.com.
Donations may be made in Mr. Witten's name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33607. Phone: 800-241-4438. Web: http://support.shrinershospitals.org
Kenny was a selfless and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and friends dearly. Guest book can be signed at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/Kenneth-Vaughn-Witten.