Kenneth Paul Barger, 93, of Cabot, PA passed away December 24, 2019 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot, PA where he had resided since October 2013. Ken was born October 28, 1926 in Petrolia, PA to the late Arthur and Beulah Barger.
Ken is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jane Marie McCorry Barger. He was preceded in death by his sister Louella (Don) Flanigan of Butler, PA; his daughter Linda Marie Patterson (Edward) of Ponce Inlet, FL. He is survived by three children Dennis Lee (Sandra) Barger of Apollo, PA; Jeffrey Clyde Barger of Vandergrift; Mary Lee (Kenneth) Lekavich of Chesterfield, VA; and four grandchildren, Kevin (Beth) Barger of Mechanicsville, VA; Kimberly (Vinny) Kenney of Long Island City, NY; Philip Lekavich of Henrico, VA; and Jason Lekavich of Livonia, MI, along with many nieces and nephews.
Ken grew up on the Wheeler family farm in Karns City, PA and worked for Pennsylvania Railroad / Penn Central / Conrail for over 40 years. Ken was a member of the American Train Dispatchers Association.
Ken was a member of St. Gertrude Church in Vandergrift and was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus #3174 and the St. Gertrude Men’s Club and served on the Ministry of Consolation. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served during WWII – stationed in Germany and France. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0-488. Ken is a founding sponsor of the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial in Stowstown, PA. The memorial is recognized on the National Register of Historical Places.
During his 64 years of residing in Vandergrift, Ken became an activist for the town and served as a board member and Vice President of both the Victorian Vandergrift Museum Historical Society (VVMHS) and the Casino Theater Restoration & Management (CTRAM). He was also seen frequently working in the Vandergrift park-lets around town as part of the Vandergrift Garden Club. Ken also served as a volunteer driver at Meals on Wheels for many years.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 30th 2019 from 10am till time of Mass at 11am in the St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, full military honors conducted by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. A private burial will be held at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, PA at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home, Inc. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, Pa 15690 or Concordia Lutheran Ministries, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, Pa 16023. To leave an online condolence visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com
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