Walter K. "Ken" Scheidemantle, 74, of Harmony passed away Tuesday while under the care of UPMC Cranberry Place.
He was born May 24, 1938, and was the son of the late Walter T. Scheidemantle and Florence (Schweinergruber) Scheidemantle.
Ken was born and lived his life in the same home in Harmony. He attended both Lancaster Township and Perry Highway one-room schools. He later graduated from Zelienople High School on his 17th birthday. He attended Penn State University
for a time and worked briefly at B & W Steel Mill.
He loved every aspect of farm life, but especially enjoyed working with cows. As a young man, he showed Polled Shorthorn, and in 1962, he owned and showed the International Grand Champion Heifer at the International Championship Show in Chicago, Ill. He was also a half-owner of the bull that sired the Grand Champion Cow at the same show.
Ken worked in the office of the National Farmers Organization in Sandy Lake. He was also a farm sanitation inspector for the Marburger Farm Dairy in Evans City and the Taylor Dairy in Ambridge. Later, he inspected farms for the Dairy Goat Association.
In the late 1970s, Ken along with his wife, Edna, began building up their registered and classified Holstein Dairy herd and during the 1980s and 1990s had the top herd in milk production and butterfat in Butler County. Several of the cattle were purchased by dairymen from states including California and Texas, and by the Holstein Association to be sent to other countries.
In his spare time, Ken enjoyed activities such as gardening, trains, history, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Above all was his love for animals of all kinds, including pets such as Sooner the dog and Peaches the cat.
Ken spent his last couple years at UPMC Cranberry Place, beginning in March of 2011.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Edna Scheidemantle of Harmony; his three children, Cindi Baer and her husband, Richard, of Portersville, Tammie Nicklas and her husband, Michael, of Harmony and Scott Koach and his wife, Tammy, of Harmony; his seven grandchildren, Jeffrey and Lori Defonde, Dillon, Tyler, and Joan Koach, Brent Nicklas and his wife, Ryan, of Ellwood City, and Brandon and his wife, Cindy, of New Castle; his great-grandson, Brandon Jr.; and his three great-granddaughters, Morgan, Melody and Jaycee.
In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his son, Brent Koach; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
SCHEIDEMANTLE - Friends of Walter K. "Ken" Scheidemantle who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople.
A funeral ceremony will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lillyville Church of God, 408 Hickernell Road, Ellwood City, PA, 16117 with the Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating. He will be laid to rest at the Lillyville Church Of God Cemetery, Ellwood City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ken's honor in support of his family, c/o Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, Inc., 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063.
Online condolences and directions are at www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com