Kenneth R. Beals, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 2:24 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Vincents Specialty Care Hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Howard County near New London, to Arthur and Elsie (Ridgeway) Beals. On Aug. 14, 1959, Kenneth married Rose Ann Haak for 54 years, and she survives.
Kenneth was a 1959 Western High School graduate, and went to Moler Barber College in Chicago. He worked as a barber at Bon Air Barber Shop and was the director of Kokomo Rescue Mission from 1975 to 1988, where he volunteered in ministry and cutting hair. Kenneth also was an airplane mechanic with the Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He also was a lay minister around Howard County.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Ann Beals, Kokomo; two sons, Mark J. (Lee) Beals, Ft. Wayne, and Joe A. (Janie) Beals, Kokomo; brother, Dale (Wilma) Beals, Kokomo; brother-in-law, Edwin (Rose Mary) Haak, Sharpsville; and one grandson, Joe King.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Elsie Beals; sister, Kathleen Beals; and brother, James Beals.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastor Marlin Beachy. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday before the funeral services start.
Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with Stout & Son Funeral Home in Russiaville.