Ken Drummond, 83, of Kingman passed away at his home on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, with his wife, son and daughter-in-law by his side. He was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Anderson County, Kan., to Robert and Pearle (Warren) Drummond. He spent his early childhood in Kansas before moving to Jamesport, Mo., where he graduated from high school in 1942.
Ken served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and survived the sinking of his ship, USS Hull DD350, which went down during Typhoon Cobra on Dec. 18, 1944. He always felt he had been given 63 years of grace and tried to live his life accordingly.
Ken spent several years as a district sales manager with GM and Chrysler in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kansas City and Denver. In 1969, he returned to Idaho Falls and with his best friend opened Key Line Automotive Warehouse. He and his wife, Gayline, both retired and moved to Kingman in October 1984.
Ken is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gayline of Kingman; son Dan and daughter-in-law Sugar of Henderson, Nev.; stepdaughter, Debra Zanker of Denver, and two step-grandchildren, Collin Zanker and Farin Zanker, both of Denver. He is also survived by his eldest sister, Marguerite Olson of Ashland, Mo.; nephew, Larry Olson of Columbia, Mo.; great-nephew, Scott (Laurie) Olson of Harrisburg, Mo., and step-nephew, Don (Jean) Hill of Independence, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Francie Hill.
Ken loved life, his wife, his family, God, his county, his Hull shipmates and woodworking. He was always so grateful for all the wonderful friends he had.
As he requested, he is to be cremated and there will be no services. He wanted everyone to kick back, have a drink, make a toast to "Old Drum" and each remember him in their own way. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.