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May 12, 1931 ~ November 5, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Kenneth Roger Grey, 92, of Manson, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th, at Larson-Weishaar Funeral Home in Manson, with Pastor Peter Rosenkvist presiding. Interment and military honors will be held in Rose Hill Cemetery, Manson, Iowa. Visitation will be held before the service at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Ken was born at home on May 12, 1931, to parents Glen and Hazel Grey. He attended rural school through the 8th grade, Palmer High School for three years, and then Manson High School for his final year. Ken graduated from Manson High School in 1948. He joined the Navy and served on the USS Rendova during the Korean Conflict. Immediately following his service to our country, he married his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, in San Pedro, CA. They would remain married for almost 67 years.
During his life, Ken worked for the George A. Hormel plant, retiring after 31 years. He continued to work post-retirement for Iowa Central Industries and for the Good Samaritan Center in Manson. Even in retirement, he loved to stay busy and involved and would work on area farms during the harvest season.
Ken was a person who loved learning, adventure, and other people. He could always be found in his garage or workshop fixing small engines and electrical devices, working on his vehicles, and restoring bicycles. The Navy had instilled in him a love of travel, and he was always ready to load up the RV and head off on an adventure or a fishing trip. He loved the people he met on these trips as much as he loved the scenery and the fish. Like any true fisherman, he could tell a story. According to his grandson, “Grandpa likes two things: Talking and eating.” He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Manson and was active in the local VFW and American Legion posts.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Hazel; his wife, Elizabeth; three siblings, Joyce, Merle, and John; and a son-in-law, Ken Fleming. He is survived by three children, Lynne, Carla (Tom LoVan), and Eric (Jing); four grandchildren, Erica, Audrey, Kenneth, and Elyza; and a sister, Doris