Kenneth L. Pyne, 86

February 10, 2021

Kenneth L. Pyne, 86, of Macungie and formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

He was the husband of the late Jean B. Guss, who passed away in 2018. Born in Everett, MA, he was the son of the late Kenneth C. and Gladys Mitchell Pyne.

He was a graduate of Moravian College, earned his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate from the London Institute of Applied Research. He was also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the National Defense University.

Ken had worked as an executive manager with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a part of the Department of Defense with over 24 years of service. He entered as a Russian linguist and rose to senior manager, while serving two tours overseas in the UK. He retired as a Director for Change Management at the UK Field Station. Ken also served for 20 years as an instructor in Russian, English and Social Studies at Moravian College, where he was also the chairman of the Foreign Language Dept, and was the Asst. Professor of Russian and Director of Special Sessions.

He was a US Army veteran, serving as an SP4 as a Russian Linguist. He then served in the US Army Reserves in Military Intelligence, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He loved to travel with his wife Jean, enjoyed golf and tennis, and spending time with his family. He had a passion for history and sharing it with others. He had a great love for his country.

He is survived by his children: Douglas (Karla) of Boyertown, Kimberly Pyne of Pottstown, Donald (Jennifer) of Macungie, Linda (David) Kenney of Perkasie, and Deborah (William) Lanscek of Bethlehem; his 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and his siblings: Merle (Carole) Pyne of Somers, CT, R. Clifford (Diane) Bright of Scottsdale, AZ, Norma (Stephen) Tong of Salem, OR, and his sister in law, Carolyn (Thomas) Burke of Nazareth.

Friends will be received by Ken’s family on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:30-11AM at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, with the Memorial Service to follow at 11AM. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 1:30PM at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Ken’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( or to the Moravian College Blue and Grey Club (

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February 24, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a brilliant linguist and dedicated patriot. My deepest sympathy to you at this time of grief.
Mark Allen

February 24, 2021

My mother and I are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. What a wonderful man. The last time we visited at his apartment in Lancaster, he was full of stories and showing us pictures, his memories. We were blessed to have him as a Lancaster Moravian friend. Our deepest sympathy to his loved ones. His memory will live on in his family and friends.
Sheila Thomas, Lois Glick

February 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We always looked forward to Ken & Jean’s appointments in our office. He always had a joke to tell. And what a story teller he was! They are both missed dearly by the doctors & staff of his family & foot doctor.

February 22, 2021

So sorry that Ken had to suffer with Parkinson’s.  I was a four year Russian student of his at Boyertown H.S.  The obituary is a well written tribute to a very impressive man.  I know you must be so very proud.  His accomplishments were so numerous and diverse.It appears as though he had a great life! Please accept my sincere condolences.
Claudia Fulmer

February 22, 2021

Unfortunately Carole and I cannot be at the funeral. Health issues preclude us from traveling.Know that we share in your sorrow at the loss of my brother.  
Merle and Carole Pyne

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Lititz, PA 17543
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