FARMINGTON — Kenneth B. Lake, 88, a former resident of Wilton, died on May 27 at Pinewood Terrace, where he had been residing since June 2008.
Born in East Wilton on May 29, 1922, he was the first of six children of Bernal and Helen Bryant Lake.
Ken married Janice “Niecy” Brann on March 31, 1944, and they resided in East Wilton, raising three children. He delivered heating oil and she was bookkeeper for Community Oil Co. for 12 years. As a second job, he worked his farm tractor plowing snow, plowing gardens, and mowing many of the fields in the area. They owned and operated Wilton Dairy Products and later, Lake’s Ice Cream. Niecy died in Oct. 1981.
He drove a tanker truck for Farmington Oil Co. until retiring at age 62, but continued driving a trailer truck for Bass Shoe.
Ken enjoyed good times with family and friends in Maine and Florida, where he and his companion, Grace Rodzen, resided during the winter.
He is survived by Grace, of Pinewood Terrace in Farmington; daughter, Cathy Gibbs of Livermore; brother, Elmer Lake and his wife, Louise; and sister, Maxine Bailey, all of Livermore Falls; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Lake of Livermore. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Scott and Sherry Lake of Florida, Jeremy Welch of North Carolina and Jason and Darci Gibbs of Livermore; and three great-grandchildren, Alison, Madison and Jamison Lake of Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Niecy; son, Eric Lake; daughter, Jolene Adams; brother, Norman Clifford “Skip” Lake; and sisters, Manola Bubier and Phyllis Dolloff.
Very special thanks to the staff at Pinewood Terrace who provided superior care.
Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with Ken’s family at www.wilesrc.com.