Kenneth H. Messinger, 92, machinist, volunteer

July 31, 2004

Kenneth H. Messinger, a retired machinist and volunteer, died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. He was 92.

Mr. Messinger was born and raised in Beverly, Mass., and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where he studied pattern making and electrical refrigeration.

He worked for more than 40 years as a machinist at International Equipment Co. in Cambridge, Mass., until retiring in 1964.

Mr. Messinger, who earlier had lived in Watertown, Mass., Lexington, Mass., and Nashua, N.H., moved to Forest Hill in 1992. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Harford County and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. Earlier, he had been an active member of the Ancient York Masonic Lodge in Nashua.

He was an accomplished woodworker who enjoyed making furniture for family and friends. He also liked playing the saxophone and bowling.

Mr. Messinger and his wife of 63 years, the former Evelyn M. Page, moved to the retirement community in 1997. She died in 1998.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Watertown, Mass.

Mr. Messinger is survived by two daughters, Judith M. Thompson of Bel Air and Joan E. Bailey of St. George, Utah; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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