CHERRYVILLE- Mr. Kenneth Dean Backhaus, 74, of 532 Tot Dellinger Road, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
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Ken was born on Jan. 12, 1939, in Nebraska, a son of the late Roy Backhaus and Mildred Olsen Backhaus. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Ken was brought to Cherryville to train horses by the late C. Grier Beam and was a retired manager and horse trainer at Sun Beam Farms and accomplished having the 1969 All American Quarter Horse Congress Stallion Champion, Wallaby, and Quarter Horse Congress Mare Champion, Golden Market, in the same year. Ken also managed and showed multiple world champions throughout his career as a quarter horse trainer and judge. He thoroughly enjoyed his work instructing youth and fellowshipping with friends, family, loved ones, and never met a stranger. Ken served in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Cummings; and a sister, Joellen Montag.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Kristi B. Buff and Steve of Cherryville; a sister, Jeanne Bang of Omaha, Neb.; and four grandchildren, Michael and David Cummings of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tyler and Kacee Buff of Cherryville.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Friday at the church.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Cherryville
Officiated By: The Rev. Rick Fite
Burial: Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery
Funeral Home: Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Backhaus family
Memorials: May be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC 28021; or to Boy Scout Troop 323, c/o Darrell Carpenter, 804 Washburn St., Cherryville, NC 28021; or to Cherryville Fire Department, 411 E. Church St., Cherryville, NC 28021
Online Condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on Apr. 25, 2013