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Kenneth G. Gregory

Feb 5, 2021

Kenneth G. Gregory, of Ormond Beach, FL, son of the late Charles T. Gregory and Mary Catherine Gill Gregory, died Dec. 2, 2020, at age 87, with his loving wife Becky and son Mark by his side.

Born in Martinsburg, WV, Jan. 5, 1933, he graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1951, attended Shepherd College, and later served in the US Navy during the Korean War.

Ken spent his career with Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, and later as an administrator for 3M Company, from which he retired.

He served his community in such fraternal orders as the Jaycees (of which he was State Director of the local chapter), the Elks Lodge as well as Exhausted Roosters. In addition, he volunteered as Cub Scout Master through Trinity Lutheran Church.

Ken was a voracious reader with a large personal library. A true fan, he followed the wins and losses of such teams as the Washington Redskins and the Washington Nationals. He read the Martinsburg Journal daily and joined his wife Becky in racing to finish the crossword puzzles found there and in the Washington Post. He was an avowed travel bug, a passion that germinated during his days in the Navy, seeing sites in our United States and Europe where he especially loved Spain’s food and culture. A devoted animal lover, he cared for numerous black cats and took pleasure in rescuing strays, watching their playful antics and appreciating their unique personalities.

Ken stood as a man who was possessed of a tenacious spirit. He expressed his loyalty and affection through strong lifelong friendships. He showed his fatherly support through loving counsel and a full heart. And he demonstrated his affection for his wife, Becky, by engaging in small but meaningful couples activities like picnics and walks on the beach.

Ken is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Rebecca Ellen Thatcher Handakas Gregory, son Mark and his wife Jeanne of Daytona Beach, FL, grand daughters Rachel and Tara, and his first wife, Nancy.

The family will be holding a private memorial service honoring his life at a later date.