Kenneth F. Connon
Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2014


On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, KENNETH "KEN" F.
CANNON, JR., 87, died peacefully after a battle with heart

He was born February 20, 1927 in Asheville, North
Carolina and was the only child of Annie Laurie and
Kenneth F. Cannon, Sr.

Ken grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from
Central High School (1945).

He joined the Navy in 1945 and was stationed in San Diego.

After the war, he attended Duke University on the GI Bill and received his degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 1951. Ken worked at the Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak,
MD for most of his career where he supported the development, test and evaluation of
Navy weapons systems and gained several patents through his work.

He was a champion in the NOL ten pin bowling league. He loved boating, fishing, and
gardening and passed all of these passions on to his children and grandchildren. Ken
lived in Bethesda, Maryland during his married life, and in retirement, he moved to be
close to the water, most recently on the Chesapeake Bay in Neavitt, Maryland.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Annie and Ken, his wife Ollie, and his
brothers-in-law, John Liska and James Herd.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses Anne Grandi (Fabio), John
Cannon (Linda), Ken Cannon (Johleen); three grandchildren, Caterina Grandi, Katie
Cannon and Abbie Cannon; his sister-in-law, Ellen Herd; and his four nieces, Lydia,
Leslie, Paula and Susan.

The family would like to express their particular appreciation to Merle Adkins, his
physical therapist, whom he considered a friend and who ensured that Ken kept moving

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 9 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran
Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, with interment immediately following in
the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ken's memory to the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation. Online guestbook available at