Ken was born in Canton, Ohio and was the son of Bertha and Carl Mann. Ken joined the Air Force in the early sixties, and was honorably discharged.
Ken and his wife, Joyce, made their home in Michigan, and from that marriage two children were born, Leea and Emma. Ken's marriage dissolved in 1983, and he then married Sharon Mary Richter, the love of his life. Ken acquired two stepchildren, Todd and Ginger, from that marriage.
Ken and Sharon moved from Michigan to Colorado, then to Florida for a time, then returned to Colorado in the 1980's and eventually made their home in Peyton. Ken had a series of odd jobs, until he was hired with MCI as a Security Manager . In August 2004, Ken's wife, Sharon, died and shortly after that Ken retired from MCI.
Ken moved to Colorado Springs after his wife's death, and his health slowly declined until it was discovered that he had esophageal cancer. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, but in the end he decided it was time to join his wife in the hereafter, where he now resides. Ken was preceded in death by Sharon Mann.
He is survived by his daughters, Emma Mann, Leea Mann (Joel) Berndt and 2 stepchildren, Todd (Nancy) Richter and Ginger (Vern) LaCross, along with his grandchildren Jeffery (Hanna) and Jay Berndt, Heather and Corey Wheeler, Shelby, Alex and Vernon LaCross, Ashley Richter, six great grandchildren, and his beloved cat, Rose.
Ken had a great love of all things dealing with eagles, so it is only fitting to say "May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks."
No services are planned. Inurnment at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.
Evergreen Funeral Home
1830 East Fountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 6, 2014