Obituary of F. Kenneth DeSoo
Ken De Soo was born at Germantown Hospital in 1931 to Frank and Florence De Soo. He had one older sister, Dorothy. Growing up he worked and enjoyed summers in Ocean City, NJ with his family. Ken graduated from Germantown High School in 1949. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Lois E. Archibald. Ken enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1951. A week before being deployed to fight in the Korean War, he married Lois at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on September 8, 1951.
After the war, Ken began a long career at Fred Hill and Son. While working, he attended LaSalle College at night on the G.I. Bill. Ken graduated LaSalle in 1959. He and Lois lived in Chestnut Hill before moving to Wyndmoor. Ken and Lois were active members of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Ken served as both an Elder and Deacon of the Church. In 1965 they moved to Erdenheim to raise their family which included their sons, Robert and Thomas, and daughter, Deborah. They lived there until he retired from Fred Hill & Son as Vice President in 1990.
Lois and Ken moved to Cape May for a wonderful retirement. While in Cape May, Ken joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ken rose through the ranks to eventually become the Commander from Atlantic City to Cape May. He spent 20 years in the Auxiliary teaching boating safety, inspecting watercraft, and assisting with graduations and scholarships to the Coast Guard Academy. While in Cape May, they enjoyed volunteering Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, and Cape Regional Hospital. In 2017, they moved into Normandy Estates in Bluebell, PA. Ken and Lois would have been celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this year.
Throughout their happy life together, Ken and Lois enjoyed traveling the world, dancing, and being with family and friends. Ken was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to six grandchildren. He was a kind, honest, humble, generous, and selfless man. He was respected by all who knew him both professionally and personally.
His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Mar 29 at 11:00 AM at The Presbyterian Church Of Chestnut Hill 8855 Germantown Ave.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, Mar 29 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at The Church before the service
F. Kenneth's Interment will follows the funeral service at Whitemarsh Memorial Park 1169 Limekiln Pk., Ambler