MEREDITH — Kenneth Randall Hill, 84 years old, passed peacefully on March 14, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Ken was born and raised in Camden, Maine, where he attended local schools. In 1946, he enlisted in the army as a parachutist. He was injured and was honorably discharged in 1948. He traveled to Minnesota to stay with his sister and her husband. At a dance, he met the love of his life, Dolores Berg Hill. They married and settled in Madelia, Minnesota. Ken was a plumber by trade but also worked as a part time police officer. He soon became a full time officer and then for many years served as the Chief of Police of Madelia. He always yearned to return to New England and in 1970 he moved the family to Meredith, N.H. where he was hired as a Sergeant on the Meredith Police Force. After years with the Meredith force, Ken decided he had been in law enforcement long enough and went to work for the Town of Meredith Highway Department as a loader operator. After about two years in that job, he was asked by the town manager to step in and take over as Superintendent of the Meredith Water Department. He held that job until his retirement.
Ken was predeceased by his wife, Dolores, his grandson, Wesley Haigh and his sisters, Doris Gosen, Atherine Hill and brothers, Elmer, Walter and Norman Hill.
He is survived by his five children: Monica Bennett (and husband, Steve), Connie Bickford (husband, Dennis); Karen Finer; Robert K. Hill (wife, Irene); Janice Dennis (husband, Mickey); thirteen grandchildren: Kelly Bennett-Huckins (husband, William), Michelle Goodearl (husband, Mark), Jennifer Salamanca (husband, AJ), Matt Bickford (wife, Nancy), Deborah Dow (husband, Rodney), Jenna Bickford, Debbie Bickford, Alissa Finer Brown (Phil Day), Brian Finer, Becky Grinavic (husband, Brian), Candi Allen (husband, Jeremy), Kenneth W. Hill and Jessica Haigh Rogers. He also leaves 15 great grandchildren: Alex and Andy Goodearl; Anthony, Julianna and Noah Salamanca; Ethan and Wesley Bickford; Christian, Amelia and Danica Dow; Lauren and Kaleb Grinavic, Mc Kenna Allen, Chelsea Brown and Madilynne Day.
There will be a funeral service at St. Charles Church on Rte 25 in Meredith on Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be in the church narthex from 10 to 11 before the service. A reception will be held in the church hall immediately following the ceremony. Burial will be in the Meredith Village Cemetery in the Spring at the convenience of the family.
Ken loved camping, fishing, hunting, painting and especially loved dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's honor to the Disabled Vets/NH Veteran's Home or NH Humane Society.
Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Meredith and Plymouth, are assisting the family with the arrangements and cremation.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 08:18
LACONIA — Kathalene Laura McKinnon Williams, age 67, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Born in Laconia, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Stephen and Esther Louise Braley McKinnon. A graduate of Franklin Pierce University, Mrs. Williams was a social worker for over 30 years before retiring in 2012. Spending time with her family and friends was most important and she also loved to read, paint, travel, and the ocean. Mrs. Williams was a good Christian woman of the Baptist faith. She was a devoted mother and she will be missed.
Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter, Deborah Williams Smith and husband Everett; three grandchildren, Tyler Hood, Ashley Hood, and Elizabeth Smith; two sisters, Janice Barrett and husband William and Sandralee McKinnon; a brother, Tony Perriault; two nephews, Michael Barrett and Joshua Andrews; a niece, Heather Ayres; and many friends.
A memorial service will be held by the family at their home.
The family wishes to thank Open Arms Hospice for all their help.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.cannonfunerals.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 08:11
ALEXANDRIA — R. Fred Renoe 88, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton. He was born in Long Beach, California the son of Richard R. and Kate (Hudkins) Renoe.
Following graduation from high school, Fred joined the US Navy where he served 11 years of active duty service before transferring to the Naval Reserves where he served another 18 years. Fred spent time as a deep sea diver doing salvage work and also learned the trade of welding and doing work as a ship fitter. While serving on the crew of the USS Haven, a Naval hospital ship, stationed in Korea, he met Gladys (Marsden) who was serving as a nurse. They married in 1951.
After being discharged from the Navy, Fred and Gladys settled in Taunton, Mass. Fred went to work for the Foxboro Company where he did welding and steel work. In his younger years, Fred was a race car enthusiast, building and racing them in the Bonneville Salt Flats. As part of his involvement in the community, Fred joined the local Masonic Lodge and together, he and Gladys became active members of the former Rehoboth Chapter #208 which later became a part of Hope Chapter #41, Order of the Eastern Star in Massachusetts. He was a Past Patron of the Chapter. Fred was also a regular blood donor, having given over 14 gallons while he was able to donate. In 1985, they retired to Alexandria, NH.
Family members include his wife of 62 years, Gladys (Marsden) Renoe; two daughters, Dianne Roberts of Salisbury, N.H. and Susan Gove of W. Lebanon, N.H.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A service with military honors will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276. Arrangements are under the direction of the Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol, N.H.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 08:09
NORTHFIELD — Christopher P. Burke, 26, of 59 Scribner Rd. died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday March 14, 2014 at Concord Hospital after complications with a lifelong heart condition.
Born on Sept. 30, 1987 in Franklin, NH, the son of Christine (Millis) Burke. Christopher loved operating anything with an engine, not surprisingly Christopher pursued a career in transport and earned his CDL and many other operating licenses. Christopher enjoyed time with family and friends, whether it was grilling out on a hot summer day to lazing about indoors on a cold rainy day. Christopher was a fun loving man, who always had something to say whether it funny, clever or down right outrageous. There was never a dull moment. It's impossible to sum Christopher up in one word, sentence or paragraph. Christopher was funny, honest, driven and brave, he was a protector and loved by all. His big smile and beautiful blue eyes will be forever engraved in our hearts.
He is survived by his grandmother, Wilhemina Millis, his mother Christine Millis (Burke) of Franklin, brothers, Alexander and Michael Burke. Christopher also leaves behind a fiancée, Johanna Rapalyea, and many nieces and nephews who will always love and miss their Uncle Chrissy!
Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6 p.m. also at the funeral home.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 08:06