MADISON, WI -- Former Wilson Countian and flying enthusiast Kenneth D. Poley died Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Elk Grove, California at the age of 82. A memorial and burial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Apr. 26 at the Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison, WI.
A long time resident of Lebanon "Ken" was an active bicyclist and he helped organized early days of the yearly bike ride around Wilson County during the Wilson County Fair. He could be found on Saturday mornings leading informal rides around the county.
A retired engineer with Hoeganaes corporation, TRW-Ross Gear and Oscar Mayer, his first love was flying. From his first job at 17 with Piper aircraft near his childhood home in Lockhaven, PA to later joining the U.S. Air Force, Ken loved to fly. He retired from the Air National Guard in Wisconsin with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Mr. Poley was a fixture at the Lebanon airport and was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, serving as president of the chapter 863. He was proud of his involvement in the EAA Young Eagle program and personally introduced over 387 young people to flying through the program. One of Ken's proudest achievements was mentoring a young pilot all the way to the U.S. Air Force Academy and being there to administer his commissioning oath at graduation.
Survivors include children Greg Poley, Pam Poley, Scott Poley and Michelle Poley; grandchildren David, Brian, Tina and Daniel and one great, grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marcia Poley.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society. Roselawn Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.