Kenneth G. Flower
HOBART — Kenneth G. Flower passed away at home on Monday, April 8, 2013, after suffering a long illness with COPD.
Ken was born in Delhi on April 14, 1922, the son of George E. and Angie (Hinkley) Flower. His family relocated to Hobart in 1924, where his father bought a plumbing business.
Ken attended Hobart High School until it was later relocated, becoming the first graduating class of South Kortright in 1940. He attended Cornell University and Albany Business College, earning his degree in business administration in 1942.
Later that year, he joined the U.S. Army during World War II for 40 plus months, primarily as Army Coast Guard Artillery and served over three years in the Panama Canal Zone as First Sergeant. After being discharged in November of 1945, he joined his father’s heating, fuel oil and LP gas business, forming George Flower and Sons.
On June 2, 1946, he married Isabel Murray of Walton, the daughter of Kenneth and Vida (Little) Murray. They settled in Hobart and had two children, Pamela and Timothy.
Ken was an active member of the community, serving as president of the Hobart Rotary and past master of Saint Andrews Masonic Lodge No. 249.
He was a life member of the Hobart Methodist Church, serving on the church board and finance committee. He was on the board of directors at the National Bank of Hobart and on the advisory board for NBT Bank.
He served as the director of the Hobart Community Foundation, was on the Locust Hill Cemetery Committee, and a longtime member and board member of the Stamford Golf Course.
Ken had many interests, including skiing, golfing, hunting trips with friends, books on tape for the legally blind that were provided by The Blind Association, spending time with family at Caroga Lake and wintering in Port Charlotte, Fla, for many years.