Joseph Kenneth “Ken” Forbes, 88 died at his home surrounded by his family on July 1, 2013 following a period of declining health. Born at home in New Hampton on August 9, 1924 he was the son of Joseph and Lillian [Paine] Forbes.

Ken was raised in New Hampton where he attended the one room school and graduated from Ashland High School at the age of 15. In January of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Meredith DD434. He was on the Meredith until it was sunk and then on the USS Iowa. Ken was a Purple Heart recipient.

After the war he returned to New Hampton and was to married Eleanor [Thurber] Forbes who predeceased him in 2009 after 60 years of marriage. In 1964 Ken move his family to Ashland. Ken operated his contracting business for many years having built more than 60 fine homes in the area. He always said if he had a chance to do his life all over again he wouldn’t have changed a thing.

He is survived by his son Stephen Forbes of Laconia, two daughters, Nancy Ward of Bridgewater and Janet Hiltz of Ashland, eight Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren, and his sister Phyllis Bates.

Calling hours will be held on Friday July 5, 2013 at Dupuis funeral Home 11 Hill Avenue in Ashland from Noon to 3pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday July 6, 2013 at the Ashland Baptist Church Main Street Ashland at 11am; burial to follow at Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland.  Donations may be made to the Ashland Community Center 4 Highland Street PO Box 1146 Ashland, NH. 03217., The Plymouth Senior Center PO box 478 Plymouth, NH. 03264, or to Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice 101 Boulder Point Dr. Plymouth, NH. 03264.        Dupuis Funeral Home Ashland is handling arrangements. For more info go to