Rev. Arthur W. Kennan Served Island Churches
The Rev. Arthur W. Kennan, 90, former pastor of the Federated Church in Edgartown and the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, died on Wednesday, June 19, at the Woodlawn Nursing Home in Newport, N.H.
He was born in Somerville, the son of the late Roy Arthur and Josephine Hare Kennan.
He served his country as a chaplain, attaining the rank of captain, in the U.S. Army during World War II in the African campaign, and in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He served various congregations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Rev. Mr. Kennan served the two congregational churches on the Island from 1955 to 1957.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Sigred Dahlroth Kennan; two sisters, Rhoda and Irma, and three grandchildren, Ian, Joshua and Willam. He is survived by his brother, Roy; three sons, Erlend of Marblehead and his wife, Bonnie, of Hyannis, Norman and his wife, Madeline, of Dover, N.H., and Robert and his wife, Judith, of East Hartford; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10-great-great-grandchildren.
Interment was at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Fitchburg.