Kenneth L. Menke, of Sewickley, PA, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away September 30, 2021. He was preceded in death Dec. of 2020 by Audrey, his wife of 73 years. He is survived by daughters Karen Menke Paciorek (Michael) of Annapolis, MD and Janice Menke Abraham (Kim) of Alexandria, VA. Grandchildren, Clark Paciorek (Jillian Prior) Clay Paciorek (Ellie) and Lena Dremonas (Alex) and 4 great grandchildren Davis, Ada Mae, Maxwell and Griffin. Parents Bernard and Anna Kaufman Menke of McDonald, PA, brother Louis and sister Betty Williams preceded him in death. Survived by one niece, Lois Withrow.
A member of "The Greatest Generation'', Ken enlisted in WWII while attending McDonald High School. He went home for lunch one Friday during his senior year in 1945 and his notice to report for duty was sitting on the kitchen table. He did not return to school and his parents received his high school diploma at graduation. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 1945-1946 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1946. For a time Ken served as a guard for President Harry Truman. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey, when he was 20 years old after his military service.
After the war, he graduated from Robert Morris Accounting School 1949 and the University of Pittsburgh 1966.
Ken was a member of Pittsburgh Masonic Lodge #45 for 69 years. He was also a member of Syria Shrine of North America and the Royal Order of Jesters Ct. # 2.
He worked his entire career in the financial side of advertising and construction industries including Pittsburgh Outdoor Advertising, Jacobs, Garrett and Landau Construction as Treasurer or CFO.
After retirement Ken and Audrey spent many years traveling. They would arrange trips for others and took dozens of European and Caribbean trips and cruises. Ken was a long time member of Chartiers Country Club where he enjoyed many rounds of golf and made three holes in one throughout his golfing career. He also showed their antique yellow and black 1954 Nash car around the country including having it featured in the movie "The Temptations" about the famous Motown group which was filmed in Pittsburgh, not Detroit. In 2013, Ken and Audrey moved from Mt. Lebanon to the Masonic Village of Sewickley where they spent their final years. Ken will be remembered by many as extremely friendly and kind, always showcasing his pleasant personality. He will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers any memorials can be sent to Menke Educational Fund, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, 1 Station Sq. Suite 450 Pittsburgh, PA. 15219
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. www.slaterfuneral.com