Kenneth "Hardrock" Dobson, 88, of Paducah passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 10, 2017.
He was a longtime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where, during his 55 years of membership, he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School. "Hardrock" was a Master Electrician for over 35 years. He taught electricity at Tilghman Vocational School as well as West Kentucky Vocational School until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of Company E, 17th Infantry of the United States Army. He served in the Korean War where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroic achievement, as well as the Purple Heart for being wounded during battle. He was a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and was a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation. He was also a 32 degree Freemason, continuing on to complete both Scottish Rites and Rizpah Shriners requirements.
He is survived by his two children, Barry Dobson of Clearwater, Florida, and Denise Walker of Ledbetter, Kentucky; one sister, Margaret Norsworthy of Louisville; four grandchildren, Misty Mickeletto, Katie Mann, JB Dobson and Peyton Walker, three stepgrandchildren, Tammy Harper, Jackson Walker and Joshua Walker; seven great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Noonan Dobson; an infant son, Kenneth James Dobson; his parents, Noel and Lexie Dobson; one sister, Elizabeth Hobbs; and two brothers, James Otis "J.O." Dobson and Johnny Dobson.
Funeral services for Kenneth "Hardrock" Dobson will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield, Kentucky. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 26.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the funeral home. Masonic Rites will be conducted at 11 a.m.