Kenneth Nathan Coldren, a retired Defense Department inspector and aviation buff, died of complications from dementia Monday at Continuum Care in Sykesville. The former White Marsh resident was 88.
Mr. Coldren was born and raised in Nemanstown, Pa. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Rising Sun Aircraft School in Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1937 as a certified aviation mechanic.
He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served in Europe until being discharged with the rank of private in 1946.
He went to work at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River and later joined the Defense Department in 1951 as an inspector.
He was assigned to the Middle River plant of the Martin Co., which later became Martin Marietta Corp., where he worked until retiring in the 1970s.
Mr. Coldren earned a private pilot's license and was a licensed aircraft mechanic.
Active in Masonic affairs, he was a member of the Boumi Temple and was a 60-year member of the Jephthah Masonic Lodge in Essex.
He was a founding member of Christian Community United Church of Christ in Essex.
His wife of 58 years, the former Mary Frances Clement, died in 2001.
Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road in Eldersburg.
Surviving are a son, K. Russell Coldren of Sykesville; a daughter, Joan Carol Morgan of Forest Hill; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.