Kenneth Eugene Guin

January 25, 1944March 7, 2013

Kenneth Eugene Guin, age 69, of Front Royal, passed away on Thursday, March 07, 2013 at Winchester Medical Center of esophageal cancer. He was first diagnosed with cancer four years ago and successfully fought it off, but it returned this past summer. Ken was born in Greensboro, NC on January 25, 1944. His parents were the late John and Elizabeth DeMars Guin lately of Aiken, SC.

He was raised in Orangeburg, SC and was a graduate of Orangeburg High School Class of 1962. He recently helped organize the 50th Class Reunion and loved seeing so many fondly-remembered classmates. He always enjoyed sports and was on the track team, football team and wrestling team. He completed his undergraduate degree at Clemson and received his MS from Appalachian State University.

Ken graduated from OCS and served our country in Korea from 1968 to 1972. He began his career in 1975 in the Philadelphia Office of the Internal Security Division of the IRS as an inspector. From there he transferred to Greensboro and then came to the National Office. He left Inspection and worked for the Department of Transportation OIG as well as the USAID OIG where he was posted to Nairobi, Kenya for three years. After returning to DC, he eventually retired and worked as a contract investigator for the Department of State. He retired a second time four years ago after his first encounter with cancer. He was a member of ACBI and FOP.

His interests were many and varied. He discovered the joy of ceramics and became an active member of the Shenandoah Potter's Guild. His other skills were woodturning, carpentry, photography, gardening, and caring for his aquariums. Anything Ken did he mastered. He loved sharing his knowledge and was never too busy to help others learn. He was also a big fan of the Washington Redskins.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Altizer of Front Royal (Rebecca lost her best friend and the love of her life); his daughters, Lisa Rynkewicz and husband Jim of Gastonia, NC; Leslie Wade and husband Adam Desforges of Belmont, NC; his brother, Daniel Guin of Jim Thorpe, PA; and his much beloved grandchildren, Lauren, Leah, Logan, and Aaron of Belmont. His family and friends have lost a smart, kind, humble, and funny person who contributed wonderful memories to all who were blessed to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Ave., Suite B, Winchester, VA 22601.

A military service will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery with the arrangement to be announced.

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Bill & Nan Bowles

June 9, 2013

We miss you Ken! Bill wants to take me to the Golden Corral in memory of you. Please come back and help me stay out of there! Love you lots! Nan and Bill


April 9, 2013

Ken was a pleasure to work with overthe years......

Rebecca - God Bless your family

Wes Lovelace

Carolyn Stone Lewis

March 17, 2013

To Ken's Family. I was in the class of '63 behind Ken. He was always a unique, hard-working and fun person to be around. I don't know anyone who did not love and respect him. Too quickly gone. Bless your hearts in this healing process. I know he loved you with all he had!

March 16, 2013


Steve told me of Ken's passing, and I was so sorry to hear that news. I know that Ken was like a brother to Steve, and there's a huge void left now.

I thoroughly enjoyed the few days we all spent together up in N.C. He was quite a character and will be so truly missed.

My sincere condolences to you and Steve.

Janie Raisch Hulbert (Crystal River, Fl)

Cathy Waite

March 15, 2013

You were the love of his life - even before you were ready for him. He is always with you.....just a thought away. Sending Love and Light to surround and protect you for a good while.

Sue Fleming

March 15, 2013

Dear Rebecca--
My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ken. What a dear, sweet man he was. It was a joy to know him. You are in my prayers. May your faith bring you comfort. Love, Sue Fleming

Mandy Drew

March 15, 2013

Hi I am Mandy Tucker Drew, My father Jimmy Tucker and Kenneth are first cousin. I am so sorry for your and our loss .. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers ..

Carolyn Quinn Nichols

March 14, 2013

We were neighbors in Aiken, SC on Taylor Street. I just heard about Kenneth's passing. So sorry. I know my mother will be sad when I tell her today. Your family is in my thoughts.

March 14, 2013

Rebecca, I am so sorry to learn of Ken's passing. I graduated with Ken and have some good memories. I did not get to the reunion as we found out on September 14th that my husband had cancer. He passed away on Oct. 12th. I can truly say I know the feeling of losing your spouse. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Betsy Ruple Kolb

Dave Hariton

March 14, 2013

Grief shared is grief diminished. We are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We offer supportive prayer and share your sorrow. I worked with Ken in the National Office in the early eighties. He always took time to assist me and others in our duties. Ken also made the best "homemade ice cream" on our porch at a BBQ in Springfield, VA. My wife and boys have recalled that experience and Ken's delightful nature from time to time. Bless you all.