Kenneth E. McAfee, fondly known as the owner of Ken's Barber Shop, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was 92 years old.
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Ken was born in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. on October 26, 1921. He was one of four children born to the late Monte and Alma McAfee and was the beloved husband of Millie (Vogel) Flanigan for over 40 years. Ken will be forever remembered by his devoted step sons, Jim (Vickie) Flanigan of Vancouver, Wash., Bill (Debi) Flanigan of Bozeman; treasured grandchildren, Jennifer Flanigan, Jeff (Brittany) Flanigan, Kristen (JD) Dennis, and Kelli (Kash) Kundert; beloved great-grandchildren, Caden, Roman, and Mycah; sister, Edie Thompson of Laurel; nephews, Artie, Gary, Larry, Jarrod; and niece, Peggy. Ken had countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Monte and Alma McAfee; sister, Carol Wilkerson; brother, Dale McAfee; and brother-in-law, Art Thompson.
Ken was an avid sports fan. He received recognition for being a 53-year Bobcat season ticket holder. He loved hunting (especially for elk and bighorn sheep), fishing in Alaska and Canada, bowling, golfing, gardening, reading, and learning to use the computer. His pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In September 2014 Ken was privileged to join the Veteran's Honor Flight to Washington D.C.; he was accompanied by his nephew Gary Thompson.
Ken owned and operated Ken's Barber Shop in downtown Bozeman for over 30 years beginning in 1959. He received several awards including "Mr. Congeniality." He was a Bobcat and Hawk Booster, member of the Elks Club, Mason's (Diamond City Lodge #7), American Legion and a long-time member of Valley View Golf Course. Ken was proud to be a World War II Veteran. He was drafted in the Army in 1942 and served until 1946. He served in the 84th Infantry Division (France, Germany, Belgium, Holland) and courageously fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He enjoyed telling the story about meeting the Russians at the conclusion of the War on the Elbe River. While alive, he lived his life to the fullest!
Ken touched the lives of many people with his smile, generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 1:30 pm at Dokken Nelson Sunset Chapel, 113 south Willson, Bozeman, MT.
If you wish, a donation can be made to the Gallatin Historical Society or a
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 27 to July 29, 2014