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Charles Kenneth Valentine, Sr.

Charles Kenneth Valentine, Sr.

Charles Kenneth (Ken) Valentine, Sr., 92, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2017. He was born in Park Rapids, Minnesota in 1924 to Charles C. Valentine and Leila Dally Valentine, and was the grandson of early Minnesota pioneer Nathan Dally. Ken graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1942, where he participated in varsity sports. His father owned the Ford garage and dealership in Park Rapids. In 2013, Ken enjoyed a visit back to Park Rapids with his daughter and grandson.

During World War II, Ken was a Corporal in the 1st Marine Division, serving from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater campaigns of Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Okinawa. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in chemical engineering, and married Loraine Sigmon. They have been married 67 years.

They moved to Oak Ridge in 1952, where Ken was employed by Union Carbide as a chemical engineer at the Y-12 facility until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, The Marine Corps League, Faith Masonic Lodge, and American Legion. He was a long time volunteer at Methodist Medical Center, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and the Pat Summitt annual golf tournament.

Ken had a very active and full life, and valued above all else his faith, his family, and his country. He is survived by his wife, Loraine Valentine; son, Charles Valentine (Sandra) and daughter, Michele Valentine Armistead (Calvin); and grandchildren, Amy Valentine, Charlie Valentine, Zachary Armistead, Elizabeth Summerall, and Nathan Armistead. He was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Redgrave and Margaret Biggers, and brother Fred Valentine.

There was a graveside service at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, with the Military Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League participating.

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Ken was a wise, generous, practical, frugal, hard-working man of great integrity, who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Semper Fi.