James W. “Bill” Kitchen, 78, of Pomeroy, passed away September 1, 2012 at Westmoreland Place, Chillicothe. He was born March 15, 1934, to the late Howard and Alma (Yates) Kitchen.
His parents, infant daughter, brother Charles L. Kitchen, sisters Alice P. Werry, and Delores D. Bashore and wife, Clarice Kennedy Kitchen preceded him in death.
Surviving are daughters, Debby J. (Kevin) Cawley, Banbridge, and Denise J. (George) Best, Atlanta, Georgia; wife, Mary Jane Kitchen Young; three grandchildren, Jeremy K. Cawley, Grove City, Allison J. Witherell, Phoenixville, PA, and Trevor J. Cawley, Plant City, FL; two great-granddaughters, Ayla G. Cawley and Leah F, Cawley, Grove City; and two stepsons, Cliff Kennedy, Rutland and Chris Kennedy of Athens.
Mr. Kitchen served in the Army and was an active member of Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy, Ohio. He was very active in the Pomeroy community after returning in 1995 and was presented the Community Service Award by the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce in 2005.
He was a Past Master (1969) of Scioto Blue Lodge No. 6, Chillicothe; Chillicothe Chapter, Royal Arch Masons #4; Chillicothe Commandery Knights Templar #8; Chillicothe Order of Eastern Star #419. He was also a long time member of Chillicothe Order of Rainbow for Girls Advisory Board. He served as Chairman of the Board and was awarded the Grand Cross of Color. Mr. Kitchen was an avid supporter of Little League Baseball in Chillicothe, North Fork Village and helped develop and maintain the North Fork Village. He retired from E.I. DuPont Nemours & Company in Circleville, Ohio in 1984. After moving to Florida, he began the K W Windows Company in Palm Bay.
Mr. Kitchen was a member of Adena Road Church of Christ.
Viewing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday September 4, 2012, at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home, Pomeroy, Ohio, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. and military funeral honors presented by the American Legion at 7:45 p.m. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Spring Bank Cemetery, Chillicothe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy, Ohio, or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund (www.heartlandhospicefund.org), 333 N. Summit Street, Toledo, OH 43604.
A registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.