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Kenneth Blendle Burrows

September 1, 2007

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather Kenneth Blendle Burrows on August 31, 2007 in Nottingham Village, Northumberland, Pa.   Born in Shamokin, Pa. on May 15, 1913, Kenneth was the oldest son of the late Job and Emma (Anderson) Burrows.  He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Minnie (Behrent) Burrows in March 1990, three brothers, Richard, Job, Marlin and one sister, Audrey.  Ken is survived by three children, Louise Shepperson and husband Ralph, White Hall, Pa; Judy Walter and husband Richard Scott, Riverside, Pa.; Kenneth and wife Glenda, Wellington, Nova Scotia, He is survived by 7 grandchildren; Ralph (Barb) Shepperson and Kurt Shepperson; Richard (Debra) Walter and Randy (Jodi) Walter; Kenneth (Alison) Burrows; Marcy (Scott) Burrows; and Jeffrey (Stacie) Burrows; great grandchildren Caroline Shepperson daughter of Ralph ; Jacob Shepperson son of Kurt; Candace and Andrew Walter; children of Randy; Jeremiah and Jenna Walter, children of Richard; Zoey and Jada Tilford, daughters of Marcy.  Ken is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as a number of great nieces, great nephews, and two sister-in-laws, Betty Burrows of Lewisburg and Lois Burrows of Danville. 

Ken graduated from Shamokin High School in 1932 and began selling coal and long distance trucking.  At a very young age Ken developed an interest and passion for flying. He obtained his commercial and Instructor flying licenses from Latrobe Aviation and went to work as a flight instructor for Danville Flying Service in 1943. He trained Army and Air force students for 1 year and in 1944 leased and managed the Danville Airport.  He conducted flight training, charter services, and inspected, licensed and repaired aircraft. Ken was chief flight instructor and commercial charter pilot until his retirement from the flying business in 1981.  Ken was employed at Merck Chemical Company in the engineering Department from 1952 until 1967.

Ken has been active in the community over the years and has touched the lives of many.  He was proud of his involvement with many community organizations which include: 50 years Mason with the Shamokin Lodge #255, 35 year Scottish rite member, life member of the Danville Elks #754, past wing-man, governor, director of the Quiet Birdman Association, 50 year Legion of Honor and past president of Danville Kiwanis, member of Silver Wings Club and OX 5 Club, past member of Riverside borough council serving on the planning commission for ten years. Ken was a designated Federal Aviation Agency inspector with qualifications to license, supervise repairs, and perform modifications, gave flight tests for private and commercial licenses and was ground school instructor for FAA pilot licensing. He was awarded the prestigious Charles Taylor award for Master Aviation Mechanic, was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, charter member and past president of Sandy Run Club, member of the Montour County Historical Society, and member of the Episcopal Church in Danville. 

Kenís contribution to the Danville area extends outward to a much larger presence.  During his flying career Ken taught hundreds and perhaps thousands of students to fly.  From his positive and precise training many of these students went on to become commercial pilots.  Airline pilots that have carried many passengers millions of miles around the world have benefited from his absolute dedication to perfection.  Many of these commercial pilots also became flight instructors and passed on his uncompromising high standards.  Safety was always present in Kenís lessons to his students.  He received the highest award attainable from the FAA for his ability to safely maintain aircraft.  In the thousand and thousands of hours he logged in airplanes he never had a major accident.  There are probably very few pilots that can make a claim to match his record.  Through all his dedication to absolutely high standards in aviation he achieved it with a modest and humble attitude.  In all his endeavors, whether it was concerning aviation, maintaining Merckís complicated equipment, or just regular chores, he conducted himself with conviction, honesty, and integrity.  Ken has been an inspiration to many and his unselfish dedication to family and community will be sorely missed.  Ken was a gentleman and truly one of a kind. He will be remembered for his kindness, love of people and love of his family. His legacy will live on in many venues and his contributions will not be forgotten. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 5 2007 at 1:30 PM from Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA with the Reverend Dennis Berk  Christ Memorial Episcopal Church Danville PA officiating.  Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery Shamokin PA.  Friend will be received from 12 Noon until the time of service.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Capital Fund of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church PO Box 363 Danville PA or Northumberland Montour Airport Commission Inc. c/o Eris Bunnell PO Box 157 Riverside PA  17868. 

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