ASHTABULA, Kenneth Babcock, 95, passed away at the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2022. He was born in Ashtabula on May 4, 1926, the son of Edward & Mary (Broughton) Babcock. Ken married Jean Stevens, on May 16, 1947; she was his loving and devoted bride of 54 years until her passing on December 9, 2001. Ken was very proud to have served his country in the US Army during World War II from 1944-1947. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, and it was there he received his Purple Heart. In 2010 Ken was honored by the American Legion to be selected for the "Honor Flight"-he was flown to Washington D.C. to the WWII Memorial and a full day of being honored as a war hero. He was an electrician and was employed at A & B Dock, for 33 years and 3 months, retiring June of 1982. He and Jean also owned and operated Babcock's Clover Farm Grocery Store in Ashtabula from 1959-1964. Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, working outdoors, gardening and watching his Cleveland sports teams. He was a member of the Harris Memorial Church and the Trinity Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, a Deacon, a Trustee and was on the Work Committee. He was a Trustee and member of the Ashtabula Rod & Reel Club. Ken was a life member of the Ashtabula Lions Club and their oldest member, he served as President from 1985-1986. He felt very blessed in life to have the wife, kids and grandkids God blessed him with; even thought he wanted to celebrate his 100th birthday, his 95 year, 10 month, 26 day run was filled with hard work, good friends and his loving family. He is survived by his daughters: Katherine (Dale) Fassett and Janet Plants, both of Ashtabula; his grandchildren: Jennifer Sheldon, Trisha (Tim Robson) Fassett, Magen (Josh) Corbett, and Ashlee Plants; his great grandchildren: Dale and Sean Sheldon, Garrett (Miranda) Sheldon and Ethan and Parker Corbett; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jean; his brother John; and his sisters Dorothy Stasiak and Vera Maginnis. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 at the Fleming Billman Funeral Home, 526 W. Prospect Road Ashtabula; funeral services will be on Monday at 11:00 at the funeral home with burial following in Edgewood Cemetery, where military honors will be observed. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Lion's Club or the Trinity Presbyterian Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online obit available at www.fleming-billman.com
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