OAKFIELD - Kenneth E. Swallow Sr. passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, March 20, 2016, at Madigan Estates Nursing Home in Houlton. Ken was born December 2, 1929, in Oakfield, the son of Harry Swallow and Thursie Parker Swallow.
Upon graduating from Oakfield High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Germany. Ken came home on furlough and married his high school sweetheart, Priscilla "Sida" Brannen of Oakfield. They began raising their family in Oakfield. In 1962 Ken left for Connecticut to improve their lives. Once established he relocated his wife and four children to the Connecticut coast line. After several great years in East Lyme, Connecticut Ken felt it was time to return to the beloved hills of Oakfield and so he moved his wife and six kids back home. Ken was good at the many jobs he held such as pulp cutter, factory worker, milkman, salesman, construction worker and electrician. He came from a great tradition of hunting, fishing, trapping and rural living. He passed those traditions on to his children. Ken loved picking fiddleheads, making sauerkraut and applesauce, growing gardens, watching the Red Sox and going to hunting camp with his friends. He was a good husband and a good father with an uncanny ability to always have deer meat in the freezer. Ken had a few limericks the family will always remember. One such phrase repeated during harvest to help his kids remember their stuff to take to the potato field was "Picky, Ticky, Din, Gloves."
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sida; daughter-in-law, Carol Swallow of Oakfield; his son, Kilburn and his wife, Abbie, of Houlton; his son, Kerry of Brewer; his daughters, Lisa Gallagher and husband, Keith, of Benedicta, Wendy Furrow and husband, Rob, of Merrill and Jill Bustard and husband, Andy, of Merrill; brothers, Mike Swallow of Houlton and Halden Swallow of Oakfield, and Donnie Swallow of Medway; and his sister, Laura "Sis" McLaughlin of Dyer Brook. Ken will be missed by his 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his oldest son, Kenny, in 2011; his brothers, Pat and Joe; and a nephew, Newman Gee of Saint Albans. The family would like to thank Dr. Abouleish for the things he always does so well and the staff at Madigan Estates for their extraordinary care and over the top compassion.
Funeral service will be held at Dunn Funeral Home in Houlton on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Sterling Lawrence officiating. Relatives and friends may greet the family beginning one hour before the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakfield Railroad Museum, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com.