Kenneth E. Melchior died July 29, 2014, at the age of 82 in Shawnee Mission, KS. Ken was the son of G.P. and Eva Melchior of Topeka, KS. Born and raised in Topeka, he graduated from Hayden High School, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1954. He served in the Air Force Reserve from 1954-57, and later moved to Kansas City. Ken worked as an account executive and administrative vice president at Merrill Lynch in Kansas City until his retirement in 2006 after 49 years with the firm. Ken was a lifelong athlete. He excelled at tennis and long-distance running, competing in numerous 10K road races and four marathons, including the New York Marathon. Ken was an original member of Health Plus, a health and fitness club in Overland Park, later known as Fitness Plus More. From it, he drew many close friends. Survivors include daughter, Molly Melchior of Leesburg, Va.; and two sons, Mark Melchior of Guilford, Vt., and Brooks Melchior of Los Angeles. Ken's sister, Virginia McCready, and brother, Gerald Melchior, predeceased him. Ken was a longtime parishioner of Cure of Ars Catholic Church in Overland Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor of Kansas City.

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Published by Kansas City Star on Aug. 3, 2014.
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My sincere sympathies to the family of Kenneth Melchior. I had the pleasure of sharing our views and ideas on the markets with Ken over many years. We both worked for different firms , in the same building and took breaks together occassionally. He was a smart man, and a friend.
August 4, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Ken at Merrill Lynch. He was a great guy to work with and will be truly missed.
Lauri Gray
August 4, 2014
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Melchior. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
August 3, 2014
I am sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Years ago when I was in high school and college, I played tennis with Ken many times, he usually brought along his two basset hounds. Excellent tennis player and a wonderful guy! Very fond memories of Ken.
Bruce Landeck
August 3, 2014