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Kenneth L. Quinn "Ken"

Company G-2

7 Dec 1937 - 2 Dec2018

Place of Death: Louisville, KY

Interment: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ken Quinn, on December 2, 2018, in Louisville, KY. 

Ken is survived by his wife, Barbara; their children, Holly Anne Ruth and her husband Douglas, Susanne Wittmann, and Kenneth L. Quinn, Jr. and his wife Karen; and their grandchildren, Chloe Haffley and her husband Jordan, and Amina Wittmann. 

Ken was buried with Military Honors on December 6, 2018 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY. 

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 14014 Hickory Ridge Road, Louisville, KY  40245-5175. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to Harbor House of Louisville, 2231 Lower Hunters Trace, Louisville, KY  40216. 

Well done, Ken. Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\G-2 Ken Quinn.pdf


Louisville - Kenneth Quinn was born in Louisville, KY on December 7th, 1937. He graduated in the top 10 of his class from Central High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He then attended the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville. After taking a year off to earn money to continue his education, he attended the University of Kentucky. At UK he participated in a competitive exam offered by Senator Earle C. Clements for an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. Through that exam and physical tests at Fort Knox, Ken earned the appointment.

While at West Point, Ken won a Regimental championship in boxing, was a member of the Cadet varsity pistol team, and was active in several Cadet clubs. He graduated from West Point with his Bachelor in Science, and following graduation was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In 1962 in Augsburg, Germany, he married Barbara Ann Pulliam of Beacon, NY.

Ken served a 20-year career in the US Army. During his career, he served as communications advisor to the Vietnamese Signal Corps in 1968 and was awarded a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service by the United States of America and a Staff Service Metal, First Class, by the Republic of Vietnam. He served as a communications advisor to the Guatemalan Armed Forces from 1969 to 1971 and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service. He served in Vietnam again in 1972 and was awarded a second Bronze Star for meritorious service by the USA, as well as a Gallantry Cross with Silver Star and an Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class, by the Republic of Vietnam. From 1973 to 1976, he taught and served in the staff of the Armor School at Fort Knox and was awarded a Commendation Medal for meritorious performance of duty. From 1976-78 he served as a communications-electronics project officer with the Allied Land Forces in Izmir, Turkey, and was awarded a meritorious service medal by the USA. In 1978 he graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. From 1979 to 1981, Ken was assigned to the staff of the US Army Signals Warfare Laboratory at Vint Hill Farms, VA. He retired at the rank of Major and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster, for dedicated and outstanding service for his career from 1961-1981.

Ken earned his MBA with distinction at U of L in 1985, and was elected into the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society. He then worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He also worked with the County government as the Director of the Jefferson County Department of Public Protection, where he supervised Jefferson County EMS and Animal Control and was in charge of much of the County's licensing and permits. Ken served as the Jefferson County Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner and as a Liaison between Jefferson County Government in the County's 21 Fire Departments. He retired from County government in 1995.

Ken was involved in voluntary work with Metro United Way, where he was elected chairman of the Board of Directors. He also served as president of the West Point Society of Kentucky.

In 2008, Ken received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Louisville's Central High School.

Ken was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society, the West Point Society of Kentucky, and the US Military Academy Association of Graduates.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramey and LaVerne Quinn, and his brother, Ramey H. Quinn, Jr.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara (Pulliam) Quinn; children, Holly Anne Ruth (Douglas), Susanne Wittmann, and Kenneth L. Quinn, Jr. (Karen); grandchildren Chloe Haffley (Jordan) and Amina Wittmann; brothers, Michael Quinn (Chestealia), Charles Quinn, and Yusuf Bilal; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He joined the "Long Grey Line" on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 11:00 am until the time of his Celebration of Life service at 1:00 pm at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (235 Juneau Drive Louisville, KY 40243).

A graveside Military Honors service will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:00 am at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (2501 North Dixie Blvd Radcliff, KY 40160).

Memorial expressions in Kenneth's honor may be made to the Harbor House of Louisville and/or Hosparus of Louisville and/or Norton's Children's Hospital.

"And when our work is done, our course on life has run, may it be said "Well Done," be thou at peace".

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Taps Memorial Article:

Kenneth L. Quinn  1961

Cullum No. 23763-1961 | December 2, 2018 | Died in Louisville, KY
Cremated. Interred in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Radcliff, KY


Kenneth Lee Quinn was born in Louisville, KY on December 7, 1937, the son of Ramey and Laverne Quinn. He graduated from Central High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1955. From there he completed his freshman year at University of Louisville, took a year off to earn money to continue college, and entered the University of Kentucky. Always looking for talented candidates, Senator Earl Clements encouraged Kenny to take a statewide competitive exam, and his results earned him a congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Class of 1961.

On July 1, 1957, Kenny passed though the Central Area sally port to endure Beast Barracks and resume his education, but now as a USMA cadet. During his plebe year, he won the 2nd Regiment boxing championship, giving some credit to his Louisville acquaintance Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali. Throughout the next four years, Kenny successfully overcame academic minefields, competed on the West Point Pistol Team his yearling year and was a member of the Weightlifting, Handball and Sailing clubs.

While not the first to speak, Kenny was known for his pithy wit and sometimes sharp barbs. His successful approach at West Point was to maintain a low profile, avoid demerits and graduate with a respectable academic rank. His Lost Fifties G-2 companymates remember him as friendly and easygoing while always loyal and generous to his friends.

Kenny chose the Signal Corps as his combat arms career field. He had duty assignments in the United States, Germany, Turkey and Guatemala, and, like many of his classmates, he had multiple Vietnam War assignments, his first in 1968 and his second in 1972. While there, the U.S. government awarded him two Bronze Stars. The Republic of Vietnam awarded him the gallantry Cross with Silver Star, Armed Forces Honor Metal and Staff Services Metal. Kenny’s last duty assignment was at the Army Signal Corps Warfare Laboratory, from which he retired in 1981.

During his first duty assignment in Augsburg, Germany, Kenny was fortunate to marry Barbara Ann Pulliam of Beacon, NY in 1962. He was the proud father of two daughters and one son: Holly Anne, Suzanne, and Kenneth Jr. He had two grandchildren, Chloe and Amina.

After retiring from the Army, Kenny embarked on second careers as a Merrill Lynch financial advisor, Jefferson County director of public protection, Jefferson County commissioner of alcoholic beverage control, and liaison between Jefferson Country and its 21 fire departments. Along the way, Kenny received his MBA from University of Louisville and was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Kenny also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his Louisville Central High School, served as the president of the Louisville Metro United Way, and was the president of the West Point Society of Kentucky.

Kenny remains in the hearts and memories of his 1961 (“Second to None”) classmates as an exemplary member of the Long Gray Line.

— Company G-2 Classmates