Kenneth W. Newman, 64, of Lexington died March 2, 2014.
He was a devoted husband, father, friend, and leader in the community. Ken served 31 years in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, where he retired as deputy chief. In retirement, he returned to work for a private security firm and the FBI.
Ken earned a master’s degree from American University and attended multiple executive leadership programs throughout his career. A life-long baseball fan, Ken was pivotal in the foundation and management of the Rockbridge Rapids, a collegiate summer baseball team.
Ken’s love for Lexington began when he attended and graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he played soccer and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Upon retirement from the Inspection Service, Ken returned to Lexington where he became involved in multiple civic organizations. He served on the electoral board and was a member of the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club and Lexington Police Department Foundation. Ken volunteered at the RARA food pantry, served in leadership positions at Trinity UMC, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marion Newman, and survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Leslie; son, Craig; daughter-in-law, Melissa; brother, Don; sister-in-law, Sue; and mother-in-law, Margery Couper; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Rockbridge Area Relief Association, specifically, the food pantry program.