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MONONA-Kenneth E. Grow, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was born on Feb. 13, 1933, in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Ester Everly and Paul Smith and raised by adoptive parents, Ruth and Robert Grow in West Virginia. Ken served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 until 1957, in Tucson, AZ., as crew chief with the 64th bomb squadron. He married Nora Foley on Jan. 26, 1957 in Tuscon, Az. He was a Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard 128th Technical Air Command at Truax Field. Ken was also a Zor Shriner. He enjoyed Louis L’Amour books, local sports, travelling, fishing, flying, camping, and playing the harmonica around the campfire with family.
Ken is survived by his wife, Nora; nine children, Dineen Grow, Scott (Terri) Grow, Torri Grow, Kelly Grow, Shay (Dennis) Anderson, Terry (Frank) Racut, Kerry (Mary Ann) Grow, Molly (P.J.) Crossen, Rebecca (Tidiane) Grow; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Verna) Smith and Ronnie Smith; sister, Terry (Roger) Clements; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his birth parents; adoptive parents; grandson, Sawyer Crossen; brothers, Meade Grow and Paul Smith; and sisters-in-law, Liz Smith and Judy Smith.
Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Meriter Hospital ICU and Dr. Carimi for all of their wonderful care and support. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Your sense of humor and your stories will be greatly missed.
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