SALEM, NH - Kenneth A. Kolben, 72, of Salem, N.H., passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday at the High Pointe Hospice House, Haverhill, Mass., after successfully defeating cancer for many years.
Ken was born in Chicago, Ill., grew up and attended school in North Olmsted, Ohio, and was a graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Ken was a resident of Salem, N.H., for the past 15 years, and formerly of North Billerica, Mass.
Ken was a retired supervisory criminal investigator for the United States government. Starting as a Special Agent (Intelligence Division) for the Internal Revenue Service, he retired as the Special Agent in charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service office in Boston, Mass. Post retirement he was a highly regarded Special Investigator of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security for many years.
Ken was a retired Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) in the Intelligence Service of the United States Army where he served in a variety of capacities including a senior liaison function to the country of Iceland.
Ken loved international traveling, firearms training, and possessed a rotating collection of classic automobiles that included Mercedes Benz, Aston Martin, Porsche, Audi, and motorcycles, all preserved by him to a fault.
He was a kindly, courteous, mischievous and loyal man who was generous with his time and resources. His good humor, tenacity and gentle affection will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Ken was predeceased by his son Eric Kolben. He is survived by his beloved wife Diana (Walker) Kolben of Salem, N.H. He also leaves behind his sister Karen Redmon; and niece Julie Weber, of Florida; his nephew Mark Weber of Arizona, and his grandson and daughter-in-law Daniel and Mellissa Kolben of Chattanooga, Tenn.; close friends, John T. Kelly of Tennessee; Bill Conole of Westford, Mass., Darryl Droba of Georgia, Frank Jenks of Connecticut, Alan Therrien of Boxwood Mass., and Dick De Roche of Middleton, Mass., will all greatly miss his self-effacing good company.
The family thanks all of those who have offered their condolences, and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army or the American Cancer Society in Ken's name as they were his longtime favorite charities.
Visitation and funeral services will be private for family and close friends at the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Road, Windham, NH. Burial with military honors will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem, N.H.
To send an online condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.carrierfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 4, 2018