Kenneth Dashiell II, 70, prison counselor

July 24, 2006

Kenneth H. Dashiell II, a retired prison counselor and community service enthusiast, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at his Shrewsbury, Pa., home. He was 70.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Canton, Mr. Dashiell graduated from Patterson High School in 1955. He joined the Army and served for three years in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, as a military policeman. He married Joan M. Horseman there in 1957; their 28-year marriage ended in divorce.

Mr. Dashiell returned to Baltimore and worked at a roofing company and at Bethlehem Steel while continuing his education at the University of Baltimore. He graduated summa cum laude in 1973 with a degree in social science. He then became a program director at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Middle River and Highlandtown.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary of Kenneth H. Dashiell II that was published Monday incorrectly reported the first name of his first wife. Her name is Jean M. Debelius Horseman.
The Sun regrets the errors.

After receiving a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980, Mr. Dashiell took a job at the Baltimore City Detention Center, where he counseled prisoners for 18 years.

He met his second wife, the former Beth Marus, while giving a tour of the jail. They married in 1997.

The couple retired in 1999, then moved to Bastrop, La., for four years, where Mr. Dashiell became involved with numerous community organizations.

When the couple moved back to Maryland, a letter ran in the local paper saying "Bastrop's loss was Baltimore's gain," said Mrs. Dashiell. "They hated to see him go."

Last year the couple moved to Shrewsbury so they could be closer to Camp Puh'tok, which Mr. Dashiell attended as a child. He spent many adult hours there teaching classes, including Native American dance.

For the past three decades, Mr. Dashiell was an active member of the Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton, a community service organization that provides food to the needy, raises funds for scholarships and recognizes public service officials.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Kenneth H. Dashiell III of Fayetteville, N.C., and Michael J. Dashiell of Edgemere; two daughters, Judith A. Schultz of Overlea and Kathryn Jean Friel of Dundalk; a stepson, Stephen Huselton of Arkadelphia, Ark.; and five grandchildren.

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