Kenneth A. Pew, 81, passed away Monday, February 7, 2022, at Ashtabula County Medical Center. Born in 1940 in Ellsworth Twp., Ohio, he was the son of Andrew and Helen Pew. He lived most of his life in Strongsville, Ohio, where he raised three children with his wife Judith. They moved to North Kingsville, Ohio, in 2011 to be closer to family.
Ken was a Staff Sergeant with the 83rd Infantry Division of the Army Reserves. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kent State University. He retired as the Deputy Executive Director from Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District with 32 years of service. Previous employers included NASA and Watermation.
Ken enjoyed cheering for the Cleveland Browns and Michigan Wolverines, volunteering at the polls, and doing tax preparation work for those in the community. He was a Cuyahoga Valley National Park and SPIRE Ambassador volunteer. He and “Jude” took trips together that spanned the globe. From Ohio to Oregon, Italy to Australia, one of the most memorable was to see the Aurora Borealis at the North Pole. Their time spent with family was always a special blessing.
Ken was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and an ardent supporter of local school sports and the arts. He had a special bond with his grandchildren which extended to their friends and family. He rarely missed a softball or soccer game, track meet, musical, dance recital, or band concert. He was graciously known by all as “Grandpa Ken” and “Papa.”
Survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 59 years, Judith (Morrison), whom he married October 20, 1962; children, Jeffrey (Dr. Lisa) Pew of Lake Oswego, Oregon; Todd (Julia) Pew of North Kingsville, and Cristyn (Todd) Kocsis of Gibsonburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Kenneth, Carter and Tyler Pew, Emily (Alex) Potts, Coral Kocsis; sister, Virginia (James) Metzler of North Jackson, Ohio, and brother-in-law, Jack (Bonnie) Morrison of Aiken, South Carolina.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Jack and Olga Morrison, and lifelong friends Patricia and “Buddy” Spooner of Spring, Texas.
A private family service will be held. A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the following organizations: Parkinson’s Foundation, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, or the Ashtabula Arts Center.
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