Kenneth Orne

Kenneth Luther Orne

June 25, 1927 - December 18, 2019
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UNION – Kenneth Luther Orne, 92, died after a long illness on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Born in Cushing on June 25, 1927, the son of Alford H. and Bertha (Carter) Orne, he was the middle of eleven children and was educated in local schools.

Kenneth served in three branches of the military, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army.
He married Phyllis Miller Achorn, formally of Waldoboro, and had two children with her, Gary and Craig Orne.

On September 5, 1999 he married Mildred (Millie) H. Grindle and for the first ten years of their marriage they enjoyed being snowbirds and spending their winters in Zephyrhills Florida.

A self-taught electrician, Kenneth worked locally from an early age and retired after 32 years of working for Central Maine Power Company.

Kenneth held many interests and hobbies and was an avid reader of books on ancient history and archeology. He became interested in amateur radio at 18 years of age, was a member of the Penbay Amateur Radio Club, and was known by his call sign “K1BEA”. Holding an Examiners license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), he would help many other enthusiasts obtain their FCC license as well.

Kenneth was also a Mason and a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge #50 in Rockland.

As a child he attended the Broad Cove Church in Cushing and later in life attended and became a member of the Peoples United Methodist Church in Union.

Predeceased by his parents, brothers, Howard, Ralph, and Sidney Orne, sisters, Joan, Edith, and Mary, and a son, Gary Orne, he is survived by his wife Millie of Union; Son Craig and his partner Annette Webster-Bissell of Belmont; Step-son Robert Achorn of Islesboro; Adopted daughter Patricia Arrington of Wichita Texas; sisters, Bernice Bennett of Thomaston; Eleanor Rose of Thomaston; Gloria Dearborn of Union; and Leona Mixon of Georgia; as well as several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service with military honors to celebrate Kenneth’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Peoples United Methodist Church, 31 Depot Street in Union with the Reverends Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell and Linda Campbell-Marshall co-officiating. A reception will follow at the church.
Private burial will be held in the spring at Pleasant Point Cemetery in Cushing.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Kenneth’s memory to the Alzheimers Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074
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    Friday December 27, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday December 27, 2019 1:00pm
    Peoples United Methodist Church - Union
    21 Depot Street
    UNION, ME 04862
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    Reception to Follow at the church.
    Pastor Elizabeth Bailey - Mitchell
    Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall


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Peter Root

Posted at 11:08am
I worked for Ken's brother Sidney Orne for 5 1'2 years at the Courier Gazette. It was there that I first met Kenneth. Later on when I worked at Walmart, Ken and his wife would come in and we would always chat and reminiss.. Mr. Orne, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Sandra C

Posted at 08:51am
Just a funny little memory: when I was pregnant with Shannon, Ken would sometimes walk up to see Gary & I. One evening he came in & I was doing dishes (quite pregnant!).. Ken looked at Gary and told him he should be doing the dishes not me. Gary asked him if he had done it for his mother & Ken said he had.. I laughed.. Gary chuckled. I continued to be the one doing dishes .LOL.. this just comes to mind every once in a while and when it does I still smile. Ken helped Gary clear our land to build the house, put in the wood stove at that house as well as other things over the years. He was a smart man and jack of all trades. God Bless and R.I. P Ken.

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