Kenneth was born April 19, 1920, near
Bernie, Missouri and attended school in the Bernie area. He grew up on a farm
near Bernie and lived the first 25 years farming with his dad and brothers,
Shelby and Wenzil. The last year in Bernie he farmed with Wenzil on a farm near Risco, Missouri. Kenneth married Fredia Marie Hester on April 21, 1939.
Kenneth went to
California in the Spring of 1945 and started work for Schaffer Tool Works. The
company made several different kinds of tooling equipment for the oil fields. He
operated different kinds of machines such as Punch Press, Lathe Saws and Tracer
Schaffer Tools sold to a
company named Rucker in 1969. Nine years later in 1978 Rucker sold out to
National Lead. In all Kenneth worked 34 years in these machine shops before
retirement in June 1979 due to ill health.
Kenneth married Lois
McCoy September 14, 1974. Lois was originally from Northwest Arkansas having
been raised up on a farm there. They meet through a friend whom Kenneth worked
with in Brea, California.