Farmingdale - Kenneth T. Mank, 86, passed away Monday, December 19, 2011 at the MaineGeneral Rehabilitation Center at Glenridge. He was born in Gardiner on October 5, 1925 the son of Millard and Gladys Creamer Mank. He graduated from Gardiner High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army. Ken was a US Army Veteran of WWII. He served in the headquarters company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment the 4th Infantry Division. He participated in the battles of Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He received the combat infantry badge, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal. In 1948, he married Arlene D. Higgins of Augusta. Ken was employed for over 30 years at the Veterans Administration at Togus having worked in the Personnel and Veterans Service Departments. He is a member of the Penny Memorial Baptist Church in Augusta. He was a former member of Winter Street Baptist Church in Gardiner for many years having been the church treasurer, a member of the evening choir and Board of Trustees member. Ken's lifelong joy was playing the clarinet. He was a long time member of the American Legion Band under the direction of Samuel Freeman. He was a charter member of the Hallowell Community Band, and a former member of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. He also played with the Old Crow Band, Waterville Band, Shriner's and German Bands. He enjoyed going to basketball games, keeping the records of the Hall-Dale Basketball Games and watching the games with his longtime friend Charles Kyes.Kenneth was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife of nearly 63 years.He is survived by daughter Patricia Guild and husband Walter of Farmingdale; son Richard Mank and wife Joan of West Gardiner; daughter Judith Mank of Winthrop; sister-in-laws Madelyn Hunt of Gorham and Ruth Jones of Weeks Mills; grandson Michael Mank and wife Ruth and great-grandson Joseph of Virginia; grandson Matthew Mank and wife Alissa of Augusta, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.Special thanks go to longtime doctor Peter Guzzetti, caregiver Pamela Lent, doctor Nathan Harmon and the Glenridge Rehabilitation Center Staff as well as the Healthreach Homecare Hospice. Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 22 at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. Friday, December 23, 2011 at Penny Memorial Baptist Church, Augusta. Burial with military honors will follow at 2 P.M. at the Maine Avenue Cemetery in Farmingdale.Donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 80 Elm Street, Portland, ME 04101 or the Shriner's Burner Center, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104 or the charity of your choice.