Retired Circuit Court Judge Kenneth E. Trabue died early yesterday morning. He was a judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit from 1978 to 1995, served terms as chief judge, and was active as a mediator and designated judge for many years after his retirement. At the time he came to the bench, he was a partner in the law firm of Hunter, Fox and Trabue. He was also a former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.