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September 24, 2018

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January 2, 2018
My condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God know that he hears prayers, Isaiah 59:1.
December 22, 2017
Nancy, Jean and Becky,
Janet and I would like to extend our sympathy to you and your loss. Kenny was a very good husband, father and friend to all. He never forgot his friends in Mason City. I remember many times when he wasn't traveling and working that he would make the trip to Mason City to see my dad Riley Milby, Earl Tucker and Danny Ainsworth amongst many more. I was fortunate enough to be a friend of Kenny. People will ask me how did you know him? Our friendship started when my dad was a bus driver and picked Kenny up and took him home. Even though he was 9 yrs older than me he would have me sit by him on the bus. He was always very good to me. That friendship carried on for more than 60 yrs. I went with him many times when he was scouting and managing. He was considered the best in the business. I also would like to share a couple of humorous stories. First when he came home in the fall from playing, he would come to our fall baseball practices. One day I was assigned to catch him as he pitched to us. He called me to the mound and said I will be a fastball, 2 a curve, 3 a change up, and 4 a slider. Well I had never heard of a slider so I just used the other 3 pitches. About the 4th batter he kept shaking my signs off until it forced me to call for the slider. His next pitch (slider) broke so much it missed my glove by a foot and caught me on the inside of my right knee. I went to the mound and said, "No more sliders." He just laughed. He had a good one. A lot of you know Kenny also officiated basketball. Kenny was a very good official and according to him he didn't miss many calls. One night he was officiating for me and I thought he had one of his rare mistakes. i got off the bench to say something and he stopped right in front of me. His comment was "just sit down and be quiet I missed it." What could I say?
In 1971 I went to Lodi, California to watch him manage the Padres minor league team. He got thrown out of the game in the 1st inning. He then came and sat by us for the rest of the night. I told him I thought the umpire made the right call. He said, "you're right but if I didn't get thrown out I would't be able to talk to you." Kenny had a lot more humor in him than most people know. I know I will miss the talks we had together. He will be missed by a lot of people. I figure God has a plan for him. It will be managing a team in heaven.
Thanks for being our friend.

Joe Zimmerman
December 21, 2017
Sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He refereed many basketball games for me and did a great but I didn't always tell him that! Great man!
December 18, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing and extend heartfelt condolences to family and friends, with special thoughts to his dear wife Nancy. May your warm memories warm your heart and. comfort you during this trying times.