0491 – RICHLAND (WA) CONGREGATION : Hosbson, Kenneth E – Obituary (2008)


Kenneth E. Hobson

unknown author (2008)
file date: 2010-02-15

description of work: An obituary for Kenneth Edward Hobson of the Richland WA Community of Christ as published online by Einan’s Funeral Home, Richland WA.  tags: Kenneth Edward Hobson, Ruth Hobson, Ruth Beem, Independence Missouri, George Hobson, Lula Hobson, Richmond Kansas, Potawatomie River, Eugene Hobson, Francis Hobson, Annalisa Hobson, Vacaville California, Round Prairie School, Richmond High School, Gregory Hobson, Elfriede Hobson, Benton City Washington, Ronald Hobson, Paula Hobson, Green Bay Wisconsin, Richland Washington, Laura Wampole, Herb Wampole, Pasco Washington, Phillip Hobson, Community of Christ, RLDS Church, Einan’s Funeral Home 

Obituary For Kenneth Edward Hobson
December 29, 1921 – June 2, 2008.

Long time Richland resident Kenneth E. Hobson, after enduring a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, went to meet his Heavenly Father on June 2, 2008..

Kenneth was born in a farmhouse near Richmond, Kansas on December 29, 1921.  His father, George, and mother, Lula, had a farm near the Potawatomie River and he learned how to fish at a young age.  His father passed away when Kenneth was 11 years old.  He assumed the role as head of the household and worked for other farmers in the area to help support his mother and two younger brothers, Eugene and Francis..

He went to a one-room elementary schoolhouse called Round Prairie School and attended Richmond High School, graduating in 1941.  He was a star basketball player and was called Hobby by all who knew him.  At the age of 19 he left home and went to trade school and became a welder..

For awhile, he worked in Bridgeport, Connecticut and when WWII started he went to the induction station to join the Army.  At one time as a teenager, Kenneth was on crutches because of an incurable bone infection in his right knee and leg.  He could not pass the physical to get into the Army because of this infection..

He tried to get into every branch of the military but was refused by all and was 4F meaning, at that time, he could not be drafted or enter any U.S. military service.  In Long Beach, CA, he worked in the shipyard as a welder in defense work.  He had a top priority clearance and worked on a secret and new military vessel.  These vessels were later known as the landing craft that stormed the beaches of France on June 6, 1944..

Working in the Kansas City area in 1947, he met and married Ruth Beem.  Ruth had a brother working in a place called Hanford making some good money, at the time, and in the spring of 1951 Kenneth came to Richland, WA and shortly had a job with General Electric..

He worked for many different companies through the Cold War years in the production of plutonium and as a process operator working in 200 East Area.  He retired after 35 years with Rockwell in 1986.  As a longtime Richland resident, he was known by many to be a good and dependable worker.  Also, as a family man who loved to go fishing and camping.  He was a Christian and an ordained deacon in the Community of Christ church in Richland.  He was also a Boy Scout leader for Post 36 of the United Protestant Church on Wright St. in the early 1960s..

He gave a class on knot tying.  Many men today know how to tie a bowline knot because of him..

Most of his friends and relatives have all passed before him.  His survivors include two sons, Gregory Hobson and wife, Elfriede, of Benton City, WA, and Ronald Hobson and wife, Paula, of Green Bay, WI: one brother, Francis Hobson and wife, Annalisa, of Vacaville, CA.  Two grandchildren, Laura Wampole and husband, Herb, of Pasco, WA, and Phillip Hobson of Richland, WA.  Ruth Beem Hobson resides in Independence, MO..

There will be a funeral service held for Kenneth on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland, WA, followed by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Viewing will be held noon Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Einan’s Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..

~ by saintshistorychannel on March 9, 2009.

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