ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Kenneth Halpen, 75 years old, born on February 15, 1946, and passed away on May 2, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Patricia Halpen on May 6, 2021
My love, While part of me wants to scream in anguish at losing you, I am at the same moment filled with things to remember ... things you said to me over and over. While you are not here, you are forever in my mind and heart, from the first fifty years to infinity ...

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Posted by Patricia Halpen on May 6, 2021
My love, While part of me wants to scream in anguish at losing you, I am at the same moment filled with things to remember ... things you said to me over and over. While you are not here, you are forever in my mind and heart, from the first fifty years to infinity ...
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Kenneth Frank Halpen, age 75, of Venice, Florida passed away on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland after a brief illness. Ken was born in Philadelphia on February 15th, 1946 to the late Frank Halpen and Marion (Scowcroft) Avenick. Ken grew up in North Wales and graduated from North Penn High School in 1965. He went on to enlist in the United States Navy and studied at Naval Station Great Lakes outside of Chicago, Illinois as an Engineman Third Class (EN3). He proudly served his country in Vietnam with the Brown Water Navy, patrolling the Mekong Delta on a PBR (Patrol Boat, River). Ken was injured in combat in 1967 and recovered at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and was ultimately honorably discharged. In his later years, he was a passionate advocate for his Vietnam era brothers and sisters and the lack of well wishes they all received after their return to the United States, and would often greet them by simply saying “Welcome Home”.

Upon returning home from Vietnam, he became a loan officer at Household Finance and then American Bank & Trust in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. He went on to become a small business owner with the opening of AutoCrafters in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and later in his life, he worked for the National Park Service at Valley Forge National Historical Park. 

Ken used his love of cars and the mechanical knowledge he learned in the Navy to pursue his dream of becoming a race car driver; competing first with a 1967 Mustang fastback, and a 1969 428 Mach I and finally with his rare 1965 Shelby GT 350R which he passionately built from scratch. While competing with these cars, Ken was a member of the National Council of Mustang Clubs, Ford Motorsports Association, and Centaur Mustang Club sponsored by Rice-Holman, a performance-oriented Ford Dealership in Camden, NJ.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his stepmother Laura Halpen; daughter, Jennifer Lynne Halpen, and sister Lisa (Avenick) Bakshas.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Halpen, daughters Heather Kowatch and her husband Karl of Allentown, PA; Michelle Halpen and her partner Daniel Leimer of Yardley, PA; Karen (Halpen) Slezak and her husband Daniel of Norristown, PA; and grandchildren Brianna Bevilacqua, Jennifer Zurick, John Zurick, Daniel Slezak IV and Jackson Slezak; and nephew Jake Bakshas. He is also survived by his stepsister Ellen (Eberhardt) Kostrubiak and her husband Michael of Harleysville, PA, and stepbrother Eric Eberhardt and wife Colleen of Coopersburg, PA. 

He was a lover of pets and had many dogs and cats over the years and it is our hope that he is reunited with those loving companions who had passed before him. He will be especially missed by his cat Puff and dogs Storm and Sophie. 

Interment is private and will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.



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