Kenneth Nutter, 88
LACONIA — Kenneth Norman Nutter, 88, of 45 Drummer Trail, died at his home on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Ken was born on June 1, 1925, in Laconia, the son of the late Clyde and Doris (Springer) Nutter.
Many will remember Ken as a resident and business owner in Gilmanton before moving to Laconia 29 years ago and for many years he spent winters at his Naples, Fla., home.
He was a 1943 graduate of Laconia High School, attended Iowa State, and proudly served in the Navy during World War II.
Ken also founded Ken Nutter Construction, which he served as owner and operator for 35 years before retiring in 1984. In retirement he created two major housing developments and continued to be an active partner in a Weirs Beach campground until it was sold in 2007. In Ken's spare time he lovingly "tended to" his Gilmanton property until his health declined in October 2013.
Ken was also a member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post 1670, and a lifetime member of the Laconia Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Ethelyn "Lynn" (Jones) Nutter of Laconia; two sons, Bill Nutter and his wife Cindy, Bob Nutter and his wife Fay; six grandchildren, Craig Nutter and his wife Melissa, Jillian Bowes and her husband Ryan, Jennifer Pilarz and her husband Patrick, Chris Nutter and his wife Dawn, Kim Perron and her husband Adam and Amy Burke and her husband Gary; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Varhach, and Janice Paletta and her husband Joe; four nieces; two nephews and many cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his stepfather Harry Bowdoin; and an infant son, Steven Bradley Nutter.
There will be no calling hours. Per Ken's wishes, a graveside service will be held at the family plot at Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Meeting House Road, Gilmanton, on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Gilmanton Community Church, PO Box 6, Gilmanton IW, NH 03837, to Gilmanton Historical Society, PO Box 236, Gilmanton, NH 03237, or to Smith Meeting House Cemetery, 604 Meeting House Road, Gilmanton I.W., NH 03837.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.