Walter S. Kenton Sr., a retired metallurgist, died June 7 of a circulatory ailment at Glen Meadows Retirement Community. The former Towson resident was 90.
Born in Dover, Del., and raised in Baltimore, he attended Polytechnic Institute and enlisted in the Marine Corps. In 1944, he re-enlisted and served as a sergeant in the Pacific during World War II.
He fought at Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Mr. Kenton was a rocket technician and supervised the loading of 500-pound bombs under the fuselage of warplanes before they took off to bomb Japanese ships in Tokyo's harbor.
He earned three battle stars.
Mr. Kenton, who attendedThe George Washington University, worked for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington from 1946 until 1968, when he retired on disability. Mr. Kenton was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Maryland School for the Blind. He was a communicant of St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium.
His wife of 67 years, the former Florence Lukens, died last year.
Plans for a July memorial service are incomplete.
Survivors include a son, Walter S. Kenton Jr. of Bluffton, S.C.; a daughter, Lorraine Kenton Polvinale of Owings Mills; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.