Mount Vernon News
  • Kenneth W. Molden

  • June 10, 2011

NEWARK — A funeral service for Kenneth Willard Molden, 87, of Newark, will be held Monday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Pastor Gus Andrews officiating. Burial will take place in Newark Memorial Gardens where military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.


Mr. Molden passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Arlington Care Center. He was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Pomeroy to the late Rhuel and Elva (Saxton) Molden.

Mr. Molden was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he was employed with Pharis Tire and Rubber, the Roper Corp. and Kasier Aluminum. He retired from Union Labor 423 of the AFL-CIO after 35 years of service. He served the AFL-CIO on the Labor Council in Newark and as auditor in Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses and John Wayne movies. He was an avid baseball fan, watching the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs while enjoying a good cigar. He also loved to share from his garden.

He is survived by four children, Jesse (Pam) Molden of Newark, Kenneth J. Molden of Newark, Nirvalene “Sis” (Terry) Bland of St. Louisville and Brad Molden of Newark; nine grandchildren, Tricia Phelps, Steve Molden, Jared Molden, Chase Molden, Avon Molden, Melissa Rhodes, Travis Molden, Vernia Sue Bland and Cam-Lee Phillips; four great-grandchildren, Seth, Alex, Caitlin and Callie; sisters-in-law, June Molden of Xenia, June (Ken) Huffman of Mount Vernon, and Doris (Jim) Fry and Verna (Dave) Emerson, all of Coshocton; nieces and nephews; special neighbors, Stan, Bobbie and Diane; and his faithful dog, Susie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nora (Hagan) Molden; and by eight brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home, 59 N. Fifth St., Newark.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Please visit to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Molden family.

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