Kenneth H. Caraker, 80, North Carolina

Kenneth H. Caraker, 80, of Hendersonville, N.C., died on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Cherry Springs Village in Henderson following several years of declining health.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday at the Thomas Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Baird officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before services on Friday. Thomas Shepherd and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090-6011. An online register book is available at www.thossheperd.com.

Mr. Caraker was born in Cobden, the son of Charley O. and Vivian R. Caraker.

He was a resident of Los Angeles, Calif., for 35 years before moving to Henderson County, N.C., in 1988. A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the Navy on the destroyed Richard B. Anderson. He earned an associate’s degree in mathematics, and later was employed as a cost analysis and chief government negotiator on government contracts for McDonnel-Douglas Aircraft. He was of the Methodist faith, a member of the Tennis Club, a volunteer driver for Interfaith Assistance Ministries Food Program for years, volunteered as a tax preparer for AARP and was an avid square dancer.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty J. Caraker; daughte, Susan D. Caraker of Fletcher, N.C.; son, Steven A. Caraker and his wife Donna of Hendersonville, N.C.; sister, Jeanne Pontious of Vandalia; brother, Don Caraker of Caulfield, Mo. Grandchildren, Lance P. Mahoney of Hendersonville, N.C., and April C. Bishay of Cambridge, England; and great-grandchildren, Madison Lauren Mahoney of Hendersonville, N.C., and David and Julia Bishay of Cambridge, England.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Amy L. Caraker.

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