FRANKLIN — Kenneth A. Larrivee, 89, of Franklin, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on September 5, 2013.
He was born to the late Damase and Josephine (Dickson) Larrivee on July 29, 1924, in Lisbon, NH. Ken attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School in 1942.
Ken served in the United States Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant training French fliers. After his discharge, he returned to NH where he met and married Loda Krause from Franklin, moving there in 1950. Ken worked for JP Stevens, Co. until their closing.
Ken was active politically in Franklin City Government, serving several terms as city councilor between 1963-1993. He was a dedicated employee of the City of Franklin holding positions as Secretary to the City Manager, finance officer, welfare director, payroll officer, planning board member, acting city manager, computer programmer and zoning administrator.
Ken was awarded The City of Franklin Citizen of the Year award in 1993 to honor his years of service. Ken was also a member of the Franklin Knights of Columbus Council.
Ken enjoyed gardening, reading, building model air planes, (especially the P-51) and creating fine pieces of furniture. He took many trips to Arizona, which he enjoyed greatly. He was always his happiest when he was spending time with family and friends. Ken was predeceased by his wife, Loda, in 2005, his brother Russell, who was killed in World War II in 1944, and his brother, Dick, who died in 2010.
He is survived by three daughters, Nance Palermo and Bill McLean of Franklin, NH, Shirley Kane and her husband, Jack Kane, of Bedford, NH and Stephanie Smith and her husband George Smith of Franklin, NH, and one son, Kenneth R. Larrivee and his wife Ana of the Philippines.; 11 grandchildren, and numerous well-loved great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his special feline companion, Sport-e.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thibault- Neun Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial with will be celebrated on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10am at St. Paul's Church, School St., Franklin, NH. Burial with military honors will follow at Holy Cross cemetery in Franklin.
Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Public Library or the Franklin Visiting Nurses Association. For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com.