Kenneth Roland Warren

Passed away on April 16, 2016
Kenneth Roland Warren, 93, of Barnstable, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16, 2016.Ken was born on January 21, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Chester Llewellyn and Marguerite (Packham) Warren. He was raised in Oklahoma City, the fifth of seven children. Ken graduated from Classen High School. In 1942, he joined the Merchant Marine along with his brother Dean. Ken served in the Merchant Marine from 1942 to 1945. During his years at sea, Ken traveled to North Africa, South Africa, East Africa, Egypt and Arabia. While in the Merchant Marine, Ken made the decision that he wanted to continue his education and do something that would be of benefit to others. Returning from the service, Ken earned his bachelors degree from Oklahoma City University. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1952. In 1979, Ken was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois.Ken served as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Massachusetts from 1953 to 1991. In addition to the church in Barnstable, he served as minister of the Universalist-Unitarian Church in Yarmouthport from 1953 to 1968, which was open during the summer. Ken also served as consulting minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Falmouth. During his years in Barnstable, Ken was an active participant and leader in the community in areas of social justice, including the Cape Cod Council of Churches, the United World Federalists, the Barnstable Housing Authority, the Cape Cod Mental Health Association and the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 1962, he was instrumental in the efforts to provide housing and employment to the "Reverse Freedom Riders" arriving on Cape Cod from the southern states. Ken was proud to have participated in the 1963 March on Washington. Throughout his career, he was committed to the causes of civil rights and world peace. After his retirement from the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Ken served as interim minister for several churches, including Canton, Sharon and Dorchester.In addition to his ministry, Ken enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling to Europe and the Middle East, genealogical research and reading, especially in the areas of history and biography.Kenneth is predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years Claire (Loring) Warren. He is survived by his daughter Mary-Elizabeth Brague and husband David of Mansfield, MA; his grandchildren Katie Wasserman and husband Dave of Colchester, Connecticut and Jackie Brague of Stafford, Virginia. He also leaves his sister in-law Wanda Loring of Yarmouthport, and his close friend Deborah McLister of West Barnstable, along with many nieces and nephews.Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable located at 3330 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable,. Arrangements are under the direction of Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home 160 W. Main St. Hyannis, MA 02601.For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealames.com