Kenneth Milton Herrington, 67, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Graham. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel.
Ken, who will always be remembered as “Kenny,” was born May 15, 1946 in Woodson, Texas to Wilma Adell (Morrison) Herrington and the late J.B Herrington. He married Patina Marie Bratton on Sept. 9, 1995, in San Antonio. He graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics from the University of Texas in 1968 and pursued graduate work in physics. Ken was employed by IBM as an advisory programmer for 25 years and consulted for NASA where helped write the program that put the first man on the moon.
He received many patents while working for IBM and NASA including the NASA Apollo Achievement Award. He also received the IBM First Invention Award.
Ken also loved everything about being outdoors. He was involved with the Graham Hospital Auxiliary, Art Splash on the Square, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. Ken touched so many people with his love and kindness that just came so natural.
A very close friend said, “I am saddened by this news. Ken's courageous battles over the years have been such inspiration to many, many people. I was able to love him for all of my life — church group buddies, school chums ... and he was a much needed tutor to lots of us while we were in WHS.
“He was always upbeat, funny and full of subtle quips that were sadly lost on lots of us who were a little dense. I know he was bound to have gotten quite a kick out of those blank faces that didn't get what he'd just alluded to — just the thought of his sweet personality makes me smile. What a legacy he left.”
He also was the biggest UT Longhorn fan there ever was, and his favorite quarterback was Colt McCoy, who actually helped save his life one year on Memorial Day. He will truly be missed by all who were blessed to know him.
He is preceded in death by his father, J.B. Herrington, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his wife, Patina Herrington of Graham; two loving daughters by his first marriage, Lisa Richardson and husband Chris and Kim Herrington, all of Austin; step-daughter, Jennifer Kuhn of Seguin; mother, Wilma Herrington of Graham; and sister, Jean Emmert of Hudson Oaks. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sadie, Clara, Cory and Mariah; and two nephews, Kevin and Keith.
In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider donating to Habitat for Humanity of Graham.