Kenneth Edward Albert passed away on February 7, 2018. He was born on Selfridge Air Force Base in Harrison, Michigan to Lawrence H. Albert (Opal), and the late Betty Jean Morris Albert.
After graduating high school, Ken took off to join the Navy. During his Navy career he had many adventures and was able to travel to many places. His service on the USS Iowa was his proudest moment. During his service he spent two years over seas and 8 years at sea. Ken was a small arms instructor with Vertical Launching System (VLS) and the recipient of many honors of service. Ken was proud of his military career and the fact that he served his country. Ken retired from the US Navy as a Chief Gunners Mate after serving 22 years.
Kenneth’s proudest life achievement was being father to his two children, Lawrence Harold Albert II and Gabriel Edward Albert. He enjoyed being a part of his sons’ journey through life, to include ROTC, soccer games, baseball games, and much more.
His hobbies included camping, scuba diving, sporting events, and swimming in the ocean. Ken enjoyed spending time with family which includes his love for his fur babies.
Kenneth realized that he needed to further his education, so he tackled getting his Bachelor’s Degree. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in Business Management and had also started coursework towards a Master’s Degree.
He was an active volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project. Ken was a volunteer and an alumni member. He was pursuing the opportunity to be a peer mentor to other warriors.
Kenneth was predeceased in death by his mother, Betty Jean Morris and grandparents, Grandpa Howard and Ester Howard.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Cheryl Lynn Albert; sons, Lawrence H. II and Gabriel E. Albert; brothers, Larry D. Albert of Traverse, City MI, Gary A. Albert of Bellaire, MI; sister, Krissy Connell of San Francisco, CA, friend, Laura Lynn Higgins of Jacksonville, FL; mother of the children, Kristi Miles Albert of Jacksonville, FL; and father, Lawrence H. Albert (Opal).
Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Esophageal Cancer Research in Kenneth’s memory.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., with the memorial service at 2:30 p.m., at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 264-1233.