On Sunday, October 7, 1990, Kenneth T. Ethington, Sr. took his God given sense of humor, along with all of his good intentions, and went back home to be with God, family and friends. Ken had a love of life, a love of singing, and a sense of deep appreciation for the beauties of nature. A crippling bout with Polio in 1955 slowed his life, but never stopped the yearnings for the good things, including family, friends, enjoyment of the great outdoors, and the ever present sense of humor which helped him to laugh even when the going was roughest.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam, whom he loved dearly, and who was his constant companion for the last 45 years, and his brother Gilbert Hay Ethington; also, his five children, Ken Jr., Bruce D., Kevin B., Trudy L., and Donald E. In addition to his children, he is survived by 31 grandchildren, all having a special place in Grandpa's heart, as well as favored "in-laws" Melissa, Diane, Debbie, Allen Casey and Janene.Ken spent eight years in Little League Baseball and many more years in the scouting and sports programs of his church. As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many capacities, but especially loving to work with young people. He was a member of the High Priest Quorum of Emerson Ward; a self-employed Real Estate Appraiser and Real Estate Broker; a member of several appraisal societies and past member of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. He was also a member of the B.P.O.E. and a past member of the Ambassador Club. He loved the game of golf and always came off the course with a smile, no matter what the score. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, and post-war duty in the `tin can' Navy of the Atlantic.
He gently touched the lives of everyone he met and leaves us a void that will be very difficult to fill. He was often heard to say, `There but by the Grace of God go I.'
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, on Saturday, the 13th Day of October, 1990, at the Emerson Ward Chapel located at 1057 East Emerson Avenue (1450 So.), Salt Lake City. Friends may call at the Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 South 200 East, Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at the ward Saturday, from 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery at the 11th Avenue entrance. After the dedication of the grave, music will be furnished by a Jazz Band including `Didn't He Ramble' and `When the Saints Go Marchin In.'
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