Kenneth Kingston, 98

Kenneth D. Kingston passed peacefully in the early morning of Aug. 22, 2013, in Omaha. Ken, a longtime resident of Columbus, will be eternally remembered for his kind, encouraging words and love for family. He had great pride in each of his five grandchildren. He also shared a strong passion for baseball and the Huskers. Born in Pender to Ernest and Faye Kingston, Ken served in the US Army during WW II. Wounded, he was decorated with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for military heroism and achievement. In 1947, he married his wife Jean and began a 25 year career with Becton-Dickinson in Columbus, where sons Tim and Mick were born. In 1963, “The Kingstons” moved to Broken Bow when Ken was offered a new career opportunity with B-D. He was an active member of the Broken Bow community, serving on the City Council and Custer County Board of Supervisors. Ken's retirement years were primarily spent in Columbus and Omaha. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents; brothers, Darrell and Richard; and sister, Wilma McCauliff. He is survived by son, Tim Kingston and wife Marilyn of Omaha and their children Ben, Betsy and Adam; and son Mick of Denver and his children, Michael and Lauren. A family service has been arranged. Memorials in the name of Kenneth D. Kingston may be made to The New Cassel Foundation, 900 N. 90 St., Omaha, NE 68114, or Pathways to Compassion Hospice, 287 No. 115 St., Omaha, NE 68154. Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, Omaha.Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 29, 2013