Kenneth 'Kenny''s Story
- Kenneth 'Kenny' St. John, of Bangor, beloved husband of 56 years to Marilyn (Dinsmore) St. John, passed away on October 31, 2017, after an extended illness. Ken was born April 24th, 1937 in Old Town, Maine, son of William and Dolores St. John. He attended Old Town High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954 near the end of the Korean war. Ken was a quick learner throughout his life and early on showed a strong mechanical aptitude, which ultimately led to an assignment as Crew Chief of a KC-97 aircraft in the 26th Air Refueling Squadron; one of the youngest Crew Chiefs in the Air Force at that time. In 1966 he was reassigned to the 19th Air Commando Squadron, attending language school in Monterey, California and becoming fluent in Spanish. He was later stationed at Howard AFB in the Panama Canal Zone, where he was able to use his Spanish skills. Ken ended his Air Force career in Vietnam in the 19th Air Commando Squadron, medically retiring after 20 years of service.
Upon retirement, Ken returned to Maine and embarked on a variety of career ventures, including work in construction, home remodeling, sales, and eventually property management. He was always known as someone who could fix or build anything, and after full retirement in 2010 he began designing and building beautiful bird houses, a few of which he sold, but many he gave to family and friends. Ken loved softball, golf, spending time with family, and travelling throughout New England to watch his boys and grandkids play sports.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and their three sons - Mark and wife Terry of Wayne, ME, Vince and wife Sharon of Gladstone, MI, and, Jarret and wife Whitney of Ipswich, MA; seven grandchildren - Matthew and wife Beth, Laura and husband Jeff, Autumn-Leigh, Falynne, Jarret, Eva, and Audrey; three great-grandchildren - Aubrey, Maeve, and Mark; a brother, Matthew and wife Carolyn, and sister Loyce; a number of beloved nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Harold Fortier. He was predeceased by his father Bill, mother Dolores, sisters Mary Ellen and Deborah, and brother Bill. A special thanks goes out to a dedicated nephew, Raphe, for all his support and for always helping provide a soft place to land. The family also extends special thanks to the nurses and medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and the entire staff on unit B of the Maine Veterans' Homes in Bangor.
A service will be held at St. Paul's Apostle Parish, St. Mary's Church on Ohio St. in Bangor on Friday, November 3rd at noon, with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Dementia Unit of Maine Veterans' Homes in Bangor (donations@Mainevets.org).
Published on  November 1, 2017