11:57 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
Master Sgt. Kenneth Chester Wing, U.S. Air Force, retired, 66, of Greencastle, Pa., died late Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2013, at his residence.
He was the husband of Mrs. Reitta Sue Gurley Wing, his wife of 31 years.
Born Oct. 22, 1946, in Holyoke, Mass., he was a son of the late Chester John and Eva May Ratcliffe Wing.
He graduated from Granby Junior-Senior High School, Granby, Mass., and the Community College of the Air Force, and University of Illinois College of Engineering.
Master Sgt. Wing served our nation with more than 21 years of service; first with the U.S. Navy, and retired from the U.S. Air Force. Licensed through the Department of Transportation as an aircraft and power plant mechanic, he worked in the military aircraft modification industry.
Ken enjoyed raising and showing horses with his wife, Reitta.
Besides his wife, he is survived by children, E. Wayne Watson and wife, Jean, and Michele R. Scott and husband, Michael, all of Greencastle, Norman E. Wing and wife, Heidi, of Lawton, Okla., and Robin Allison and husband, Butch, of Florida; his grandchildren, Andre Wing, stationed in Germany, Paul Hefner and wife, Samantha, of Chambersburg, Pa., Jeffery Hefner of Mascoutah, Ill., Amanda Watson of Greencastle, William Watson, stationed at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, and Damon Watson of Greencastle; as well as his great-grandchildren, Andrew Heffner of Chambersburg, and Reitta and Joseph Price of Smithsburg, Md.
In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Christy Lynn Watson, on Oct. 6, 2008; his first and former spouse, Marie C. Robinson Wing; and a brother and sister.
The family will receive friends locally at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The family will also receive friends at Nelson Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va., on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be from Nelson Funeral Home, on Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Roger Robillard officiating. Interment will follow at Washington Memorial Park, Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to Penn State University, in care of Penn State Hematology Oncology, Office of University Development, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033; or to Be The Match, 3001 Broadway St. NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753 (www.marrow.org). Both causes help those with blood cancers and diseases.
Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.zimmermanfh.com.