Kenneth Gordon Hart


Kenneth Gordon Hart died peacefully August 9, 2019 as a result of a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. Born August 15, 1957 the only child of parents Kenneth C. Hart and BettyJane V. Hart, Kenneth Gordon was raised in Cochranton, PA. A 1975 graduate of Cochranton High School, Kenneth Gordon attained a Bachelor's degree from Gannon College in 1979, later attaining a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Gannon University in 1990. Ken's early career included Free-Col Laboratories, where he served as Business Manager, Purchasing Agent and later started their VA division in Roanoke, VA. For the past 23 years, Ken has served the NC State Government as Environmental Engineering Specialist in the NC Department of Public Safety.
Known for his attention to detail, his friends and neighbors held him in the highest regard for his manicured lawn and the meticulous way he cared for his home and family, including his Chihuahua Stuey. His painstaking and elaborate holiday trimmings were his contribution to his community and brought great joy to many adults and children. His family will remember him as a skilled bartender who developed signature craft cocktails for holiday parties as well as being the consummate host. He loved music in nearly all forms and played piano and organ throughout his life, often relaxing in the evenings with a martini while playing a beautiful piano piece. His sense of humor and laugh were distinct and memorable. His deep and abiding love for his family was demonstrated on a daily basis with acts of support, often anticipating needs and preparing for eventualities no one had yet considered. He amazed his wife and son by consistently knowing all the answers on Jeopardy as well as with his boundless strength, energy and organizational skills.
Kenneth Gordon is survived by his wife Debra K. Hart (Oakes) and his beloved son Carson Dale Hart as well as his brothers and sisters-in-law Dale Arden Oakes (Janet) of Lake City, FL and Curtis Rae Oakes (Beverly) of Cochranton, PA, a niece and nephew Charles and Jennifer (Oakes) Knight of Shippenville, PA, an aunt JoyAnn Hovis of Cochranton, PA as well as other cousins.
Kenneth Gordon was preceded in death by his parents.
Kenneth Gordon will be inurned in the Cochranton Cemetery on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10AM.
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The DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., Cochranton is in care of local arrangements.
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Published on August 12, 2019
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Laurie Stewart Mai
Aug 16, 2019
A beautiful person from the time I met Kenneth Gordon Hart, in elementary school. He had many talents and I was always impressed by his boundless artistic abilities.
I’m shocked at his untimely passing and am at a loss for words. To his family, I pray for your comfort. What a great man he was! I will never forget him.
Lalitha Krishnasami
Aug 16, 2019
Too young to leave this Earth. Ken was a colleague, whose gentle presence and quiet manner made such a mark on every one.
🙏 May his soul rest in peace.
Hope the family can find some peace.
Kathy Gehr Ayers
Aug 15, 2019
Gordon and I were great friends in high school and spent hours creating the wagon wheel and ground pine advent wreath in the Presbyterian Church for several years. Drama, music and Youth Group were all places we got to hang out. In addition to that he worked for my dad at the Crawford County Fair a couple years. We didn't have much contact over the years but I've always respected him and have no doubt he was an amazing husband and father. My deepest condolences on your loss.
Robyn Dalby
Aug 14, 2019
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Lisa Bailey - NCDPS
Aug 13, 2019
Praying for your family.
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers for family.
Eileen Oakes-Pattarozzi
Aug 13, 2019
Deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Gordon
Mary Ellen Ferguson
Aug 13, 2019
Words can never express the friendship we shared through the years- from Bible School to present. We raised baby wild rabbits together, collected butterflies,dragonflies, skimmed stones, white water rafted, philosophized and chased the moon. We squeezed the marrow out of the bone of life! We chose good life partners and enjoyed success. You were taken from us too soon, but you had an opportunity to experience the love of a wonderful woman- beautiful inside and out. A woman you once said, “When I look at Debbie she sparkles.” The two of you had a son,Carson, a great tribute to your marriage. It is this love that will serve as your legacy. God speed, until we meet again dear friend....Read more
Denise Kelly
Aug 13, 2019
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Michelle Blackmore (Deets)
Aug 13, 2019
My very good friend, my accompanist, my brother. You will be missed. You are in my heart always.