Kenneth Eugene Monroe, Jr., of Yorktown, Virginia, passed away on August 22, 2023, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ken was born in San Antonio, Texas and was predeceased by Kenneth Monroe, Sr., and Patricia Monroe.
Ken proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force for 18 years. He served in various States and Countries that included Italy, Bolivia, and Saudi Arabia. One of the highlights of Ken’s military career was the planning and direction of search and rescue missions.
Ken graduated with a degree in Agronomy from Virginia Tech.
Ken lived a life of service and always found an opportunity to teach anyone willing to learn. Ken was a lifelong Boy Scout and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Ken went on to become a Boy Scout leader for many years and met and married his wife while they were both Scout leaders. He mentored many including his three sons and two of his grandsons in the scouting program.
Ken loved the outdoors and went on many spelunking, camping and hiking trips throughout his life. Ken worked as a Forestry Service Firefighter throughout the United States as a young man. In 2006, he went with his brother, Marc and they undertook a 23-mile hike from North Rim of the Grand Canyon down to the bottom and up to the South Rim.
Ken volunteered at The Virginia Living Museum as an animal handler and presenter programs teaching about a variety of animals. Ken also volunteered at The American Theatre in Hampton, Virginia for several years.
In recent years, Ken was a driving force in helping to start a local support group for liver transplant recipients along with educating others on the importance of organ donation.
Ken loved his family and always shared his love of nature, culture, art, and history with them.
Ken loved all people and would always say what a boring place the world would be if everyone was the same. Ken always had a story to tell no matter the situation and always found the humor in everything.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife Janet and their children, sons, Nathan and wife, Joanne, Justin and wife, Judy, Scott and wife, Tiffany and daughter, Ariel and husband Tony, Nine Grandchildren, one Great Granddaughter, brothers, Mike and Marc, Sister-in-Law, Kim, niece, Meghan and many loved cousins and extended family members.
The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff who cared for Ken at UVA. Special thanks to Dr. Shiffman and his wonderful staff who cared for Ken throughout the last decade.
The family will gather for a private memorial at Quantico National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.