Kenneth D. Kidwell, 80, passed away at 10:36 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Community Howard Regional Health emergency room in Kokomo. He was born Dec. 14, 1932, the son of Claude D. and Zella (Lingel) Kidwell in Marion. In 1955, he married Pearl R. Frame, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 1984. On Aug. 26, 1989, he married Carolyn Kay (Binion) in Gas City, and she survives him.
He was a 1951 graduate of Marion High School, and went on to have a successful career as a tool-maker at Gas City Glass Co. for 29 years, and then at Chrysler for 14 years. Ken served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. His memberships included the Moose Lodge and VFW in Marion, UAW 685, and he attended Temple Baptist Church. Ken loved fishing, hunting, history and wrestling with his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife; children, C. Michele (Dave) Frye, Noblesville, Cathryn M. (Robert) Tedder, Michigantown, and Kyemichael D. Kidwell, Kokomo; grandchildren, Brian M. (Jessica) Keel, N. Keith (Farron) Keel, Robert (Amber) Keel, James Frye, Rebecca Lawson, Kari Jimenez, Cayla Spencer, Timothy Spencer and Crista Spencer; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Karen (Joe) Veets, and Jim (Jean) Kidwell and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; a granddaughter, Carlena Spencer; four sisters; and five brothers.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Temple Baptist Church, 1700 S. Goyer Road, with Pastors Mike Holloway and Russell Binion officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery, with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy and the Kokomo V.F.W. Military Rites Team.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association. Shirley and Stout Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.