Kenneth Allen Barnaby, age 84, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Milford Hospice Center of lung cancer.
Ken was born in 1936 in SanDiego, CA to Albert Rene Barnaby and Virginia Moehring Barnaby.
Ken received his BS from the College of William and Mary in Norfolk, VA in 1959 and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy in 1960. In 1983 he retired from active duty as Deputy Head of the Engineering Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Silver Springs, MD. He served 26 years in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Fay Deans Barnaby and they lived in Greenville, DE. He is also survived by a daughter, Kay Scott Karl Welch and husband Brad; 4 granddaughters, Kristin Karl Noland and husband Blake, Apryl Noel Karl, Kelsey Karl Hogarty and husband Colin, Natalie Grace Karl; 3 great grand children; 3 step-children, Cindy Deans Kaiser and husband Gordon, Stephanie Deans Voley and husband Ray, Russell Deans and wife Lora; 6 step grand children, Will Kaiser, Tom Kaiser, Wesley Voley, Hannah Voley, Cole Deans, and Kyle Deans; 2 siblings, Larry Barnaby and wife Susan, and Linda Barry and husband Dick.
Ken was preceded in death by his father Albert, mother Virginia, and brother Dennis Barnaby and 2 grandsons, David Karl and Jimmy Karl.
Commander Barnaby’s Navy career took him to Pearl harbor, Operations Officer on the USS Fire Drake AE14, Executive Officer in the Philippines for 3 years, US Guided Missile School at Damn Neck, VA, and Director of Polaris Electronic A School. He had 5 deployments to Vietnam.
Ken witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 since his father was stationed with the US Navy at Honolulu, Hawaii.
From 1985-2000 Ken ran his small computer business Microteck.
Some of his interests were: Senior Sawyers at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard, a Westminster Presbyterian Church deacon, George Washington Society, men’s Bible study, New Castle Cotillion, Big Band Society, and playing the euphonium at Usher Life Long Learning. Ken had an avid interest in genealogy, sailing, woodworking, and was in competitive skeet shooting.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Project Healing Waters (which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings). Tracey Albrittain, 101 Charles St. Suite 104, La Plata MD. 20646 or Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd FL. PollyDrummond Shopping Center Newark DE 19711.