Kenneth Donald Litton


Kenneth Donald Litton of Flat Top Lake, WV, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019.
Ken was born December 4, 1934 in Glasgow, WV. The son of Virginia N. McQuillen Litton and Orville Donald Litton. Ken was one of 5 children, surviving brothers Charles, Douglas and besides his parents, is preceded in death by siblings Rebecca, David and Keith.
In 1952 Ken enrolled at Marshall College, Huntington, WV and graduating in 1956. While at Marshall he was a member of the Army R.O.T.C., a charter member of the military Scabbard and Blade society, head of student body (Chief Justice), The Robe, honor society and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Upon graduation with an Army 2nd Lt. Commission, December 1956, he was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia.
He attended The Army Infantry School, Army Parachute School and Army Jumpmaster Parachute School requiring twenty-eight weeks of infantry training. After graduation he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division, 21st Infantry (Gimlets) Regiment, Korea. During his sixteenth month assignment in Korea he was an infantry platoon leader of units deployed on the thirty-eight parallel Panmunjom areas Korea. In 1959 he was a charter organizing member of the 1st Special Forces, 16th Group, Green Berets, established under the orders of President John F. Kennedy. He attended the Special Warfare School and completed his military career as the rank of Captain.
Upon leaving military service, Ken moved to Louisville where he met the pride of his life and loving wife of nearly 55 years, Peggy Francis Gaddie. They were married on 19 September 1964. Together, they had one son, Kenneth Donald Litton, Jr.
Also while in Louisville, Ken began his professional career where he worked as a sales engineer for Link Belt Corporation, a mechanical power transmission manufacturer. A born engineer, Ken focused his efforts on the metals and mining industries and spent the bulk of his 50-year career with Reliance Electric/Dodge. There he held a number of engineering, national sales and global marketing roles and played an instrumental role in developing a number of drive systems for conveying and bulk material equipment. Within the industry he was known globally as a trusted innovator and partner developing a number of strategic alliances that ultimately pushed the envelope of production efficiency and helped shape the configuration of material production for the metals and mining industry.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Litton; brothers Charles and Doug; son Ken Jr and his wife Eleanor and three grandchildren, Kathryn, William and Trey.
A memorial service will be held at 12pm on Friday, August 30th at United Methodist Temple, Beckley WV, with Pastor Steve Hamrick officiating. Rite of committal will follow on Saturday at the Gaddie/Litton Cemetery in Campbellsville, KY. Friends may visit family 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions to be made to United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley WV 25801
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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.
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Published on August 28, 2019
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Larry Misiti
Sep 02, 2019
Ken was always kind and friendly to me. A true gentleman and a Son of Marshall. Was very proud of his son and grandchildren. He also served with my Uncle Louis Torlone in Korea. Our world was a better place because of him.
Mrs. Paul J. Malcolm
Aug 28, 2019
May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Sympathy and prayers
Shirley Noel
Aug 28, 2019
Hello Peggy, my dear friend from our high school and Campbellsville College. So sorry to hear the sad news of you losing your husband. It is such a hard thing. Dorland has been gone for 21 years on this past March 30th. I still miss him but it has to get better or we could not go on but the good Lord will give you strength. He is to be buried the same day of our 63rd high school class reunion. Love you much, Shirley Willis Noel.
Anne Noreen Fox Moore
Aug 28, 2019
Uncle Ken and Aunt Peggy helped preserve memories that have flooded my soul these days. I went searching online and found this. I was supposed to find this obituary so I could write my heart
Joe Togger
Aug 28, 2019
Rest in Peace.
Douglas W. Litton
Aug 28, 2019
Always very proud of my brother and he accomplished in life. God in his mercy will preserve his devotion and that of his wonderful family.