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Kenney & Bonnie Gilmore
Arkansas City, KS USA
Kenneth Gilmore b: d: 2021
Kenneth E. Gilmore, 86, a long time resident of Arkansas City, Kansas, passed More…away on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from complications due to Covid-19 at South Central Kansas Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family.
Graveside services ae scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the Parker Cemetery. Pastor Steve Butler will officiate. Friends may view from 1:00 pm. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They may also View Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ken was born April 22, 1934, to Harold L. and Mary K. (Mann) Gilmore in
Silverdale, Kansas. He attended Silverdale school for one year. The family then
moved to Arkansas City where he completed his schooling, graduating in 1952. He
has three siblings; Virginia Schimmel, Joan Andrunas, and Larry Gilmore.
Ken married the love of his life, Bonnie Dowler, on June 26, 1953, in the First
Baptist Church in Winfield, Kansas. They were the parents of three daughters;
Cynthia, Annette and Beverly.
He worked for Kanotex/APCO/Total Refinery for 43 years, retiring in 1996.
During his time at the refinery, he worked in maintenance, operations, laboratory, and the last 10 years in the loading and blending department.
Ken enjoyed helping people, especially family, and was known to stop his own projects to assist others. Volunteering was a normal part of his life. In recognition of his community service, he was named the Community Cornerstone Award winner in September of 2003; an award that honors individuals going above and beyond to positivity impact the community. Family was very important and he supported his girls and granddaughters as they played tennis, softball, and volleyball. They drove many miles in several States for softball tournaments and games. He also enjoyed watching his granddaughter coach her daughters in softball and watching his great-granddaughters play volleyball and basketball; and watching his great-grandsons wrestle and play baseball and soccer. He loved every minute of it.
Ken was a member of the A.C. Baseball Association for over twenty years,
serving as president for two years. He assisted with the building of Hinton (Midget)Park and Burton (Pee Wee) Park at the Sleeth Complex. He believed he saw more baseball games than anyone in Ark City, playing Youth through American Legion, then coaching, umpiring, supervising concessions, grounds keeping, serving as league commissioner and State Babe Ruth Commissioner, P.A. announcer for the Babe Ruth and American Legion tournaments, and finally, announcing all home games for the Cowley County Tigers from 1997 through 2013. He was presented with a World Series watch by Dr. Pat McAtee from Cowley College in 2001. Few people know that all ball fields in Ark City, before the high school complex, were built by volunteer workers, including City Ball Park in 1945.
Ken was an active member of the Arkansas City Lions Club for over 35 years. He served two terms as President and was currently serving as Treasurer. He has volunteered numerous hours for Lions Club activities benefitting the community. He received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lions Club International, which is the highest award presented by Lions, in 1994 and the Lions International President’s Appreciation Award in 2000. His favorite project was the Avenue of Flags on flag holidays at Veterans Memorial Lake.
He enjoyed bowling and served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas City Men’s Bowling Association eight years and was secretary three years. He was
currently still bowling at the young age of 86.
Ken and Bonnie are both avid fans of Kansas Jayhawk basketball, Bulldog
sports and Cowley Community College sports. They both enjoyed traveling to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Russia, and many places within the United States. Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Harold L. Gilmore and Mary K.
Surviving to honor his memory are Bonnie, his wife of 67 years; daughters
Cynthia Gilmore and Annette Roach, both of Arkansas City; daughter Beverly (Scott)Galligher, of Skiatook, OK; granddaughters Courtney (Brandon) Every, and Kacie(Nelson) Douglas, both of Arkansas City; Dr. Megan (Mac) Martin, of Houston, TX; Micah Roach of Haysville, KS; and Chelsea (Coby) Blevins of Skiatook, OK; greatgrandchildren, Reagan, Reese, Maverick and Macklin Every; Talon Morton, Ezra Brumback, Ryland Roach, and Josie and Waylon Blevins; sisters, Virginia Schimmel of Arkansas City, and Joan Andrunas of Sun City West, AZ; and brother, Larry Gilmore of Arkansas City.
Daughter of Lloyd Dowler, son of Warren & Addie Dowler, son of William & Alvina Dowler