Kenneth “Ken” Hobart Kinder went home to be with the Lord May 12, 2020. He passed peacefully from this life while at the Hazard Bluegrass Hospice Care Center with loving family at his bedside. Ken was born June 17, 1947, to his parents Hobart and Alice Justice Kinder. He grew up on Upper Chloe and spent most of his life in Pike County.
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Ken is survived by his wife Gerri and son Ken II (Michelle) from Covington, KY. Even though the family was small, Ken believed in a strong family unit and tried to always make time for those he loved.
At the age of two, Ken began attending Grace Baptist Church with his parents. He joined the church as a teenager and in later years became a deacon of the church. Ken developed a strong sense of right and wrong, much of what was first instilled in him by his parents. He was a man of few words and believed in putting words into action. His favorite Bible verse was Micah 6:8 “…what does the Lord require of thee but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Ken graduated from Pikeville College (UPike) and began his career with Gerri at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, at the Shonto Boarding School in northern Arizona on the Navajo reservation, while waiting for a permanent assignment. After a few months, he and Gerri were transferred to another BIA boarding school in Brigham City, Utah, where he taught math and Gerri taught English. They had both just turned 21 and were far away from home, causing them to grow closer.
After Ken II was born, Ken and Gerri moved back to Pike County. He spent the rest of his career teaching college prep math at Millard High School. He loved his students and always went the extra mile to help them succeed in their educational endeavors, as well as life in general. He had his own words of wisdom he shared with his students and his son -“You must burn the midnight oil if you want to learn calculus; Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration; and It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll,” just to name a few.
Ken loved reading, music, working outside planting flowers for Gerri and making everything look nice throughout the community. He walked four miles on Upper Chloe almost every day as long as he was able, picking up litter on the roadway and in the creek. He loved to travel with family and special friends. He spent weeks before each trip learning every intricate detail about the area - what restaurants offered the best food and the hidden treasures in each place. He always made trips more interesting and fun.
A private service will be held for Ken at Thacker Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday morning.
Gerri, Ken II & Michelle welcome everyone who would like to honor Ken’s memory to join them in a funeral procession from the funeral home to Annie E Young Cemetery, beginning at approximately 11:30 am, Saturday. With the Covid 19 restrictions, everyone must remain in their automobiles at all times.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Grace Baptist Church Food Program or the charity of your choice.