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Kenneth E. Harrington, 58

Kenneth Eugene "Ken" Harrington, age 58, of North Hudson, passed away on Thursday, June 5, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ken was born on Oct. 23, 1955, to Herbert and Gladys (Adkins) Harrington in Sumter, South Carolina.

Ken had a knack for electronics and began his career in 1973 at Northrop Grumman (currently Westinghouse Electric) in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1993, and worked as a mechanic at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he performed inspections on the electronic and electro-mechanical components of the Automatic Train Control System. In 1998, Ken moved to Joliet, Ill., and was a Signal Maintainer for the Elgin Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. For the past 7 years, Ken was employed at Progress Rail Services as a Railroad Signal Engineer Manager.

Early on, Ken's love for the railroads turned into a career. He enjoyed all aspects of railroads and built a small library of resources. He loved to make videos of trains, especially steam locomotives. Ken enjoyed stand up comedy and Mel Brooks movies.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include the many railroading friends he encountered during his life; and many cousins including, James Harrington of Colorado, and Mary Jane McKay of Pennsylvania. Ken had very close friends to care for him and keep his spirits up over the past years that include John Naglish, of Burbank, Ill., Barry Mayer, of Elkridge, Md., Brian Harp, of New Albany, Ind., and Jason Phillips, of Hudson, Wis.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. A prayer service will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, (715) 386-3725.