Dr. Kenneth L. Psillas, 87, died early Saturday morning June 27th, 2020 at Hospice of the Panhandle, after a prolonged illness at home. Ken was born on February 28, 1933 in Winchester, Virginia to Grace Virginia Pierce and William Kenneth Psillas. The family moved to Charles Town, West Virginia soon after he was born.
Dr. Psillas graduated from Charles Town High School in 1951, West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia) in 1955 with an AB in Chemistry, and the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, Virginia) in 1959 with a D.D.S.
He served the next two years with the U.S. Navy Dental Corp in Quantico, Virginia.
He married Barbara Joyce Allen from Charlotte, North Carolina in 1960. In the later years, he became the proud father of Stacey, Darcy and Ben.
In 1961, Dr. Psillas started his dental practice at the Professional Building in downtown Charles Town. He thoroughly enjoyed dentistry and his office. Over the years, Ken was surrounded by a wonderful staff and enjoyed the comradery of other dentists in the building. The most gratifying part of his day was spent talking with his patients about life, family, football, golf, and travel. Ken did not retire from dentistry until he was 80 years old.
Ken was able to travel with his wife, family and friends to many events and wonderful places. Golf with his buddies and travel with his son were some of the highlights of his life.
Dr. Psillas was a state dental board member of West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. He was the first President of the Eastern Panhandle Dental Association, Secretary and Treasurer of the Eastern Panhandle Dental Study Club (1968-1976), and a staff member of Jefferson Memorial Hospital from 1961 – 1977.
He was a former member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, City of Charles Town Building Committee, MALTA Lodge #80, Masonic Lodge Member, Kiwanis Club (Member 10 years), part of the Charles Town city beautification committee called PIA (Pride in Action), Shawnee Girl Scout Council (Treasurer), Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Jefferson County Cotillion Club.
He was a lifetime member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, and for years, he co-hosted a bible study with his wife, under the tutelage of Charlie Ritter, at their home.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother and father and his step-mother Edith Baumgardner Psillas, and his brother William Glenn Psillas.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of 60 years, his children (spouses) Elizabeth Stacey Lahey (Gordy), Katherine Darcy Diehl (Tom), Benjamin Scott Psillas (Faith), and affectionately known as Daddoo by nieces and nephews and eight grandchildren; Elizabeth Carter Manning (Scott), Catherine Austin Lahey, Michael Crews Gore (Steffi), Connor Matthew Gore, Caroline Page Gore, John de Lacey Psillas, Claire de Lacey Psillas, and Charles de Lacey Psillas. Great grand-children include William Stokes Manning and Elizabeth Pierce Manning.
Due to COVID-19, the service and interment will be private.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Charles Town Presbyterian Church (www.ctpres.org, PO Box 89, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414), Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County (www.awsjc.org, PO Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414), Citizens Fire Company (www.citizensfirecompany.com, 245 Citizens Way, Charles Town, WV 25414), Independent Fire Company (www.independentfirecompany.net, 200 West 2nd Avenue, Ranson, West Virginia, 25438), and the Hospice of the Panhandle (www.hospiceotp.org, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, West Virginia 25430).
Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.