Kenneth (Ken) Glenn Baldwin was born in Parsons, Kansas on December 15, 1959, to Ralph and Irene Baldwin of Galesburg, Kansas. He grew up on the family farm and went to school in Erie, Kansas. Ken always found plenty to do, but preferred the mechanical aspects of farming. While most would prefer a horse for moving the cattle, Ken preferred a mini bike.
Ken was heavily involved in 4H and then FFA as a teenager. He sang in a arbershop quartet, played trombone in the band, and greatly enjoyed shop class.
Ken went to Pittsburg State University School of Technology, receiving a Certification of Completion in Drafting Design Technology and hired on with Phillips Petroleum in April, 1980, where he spent his entire career, retiring in April 2015.
After arriving in Bartlesville, OK, Ken met his wife, Vicki, while cruising main with a friend. Ken and Vicki were married in 1981, and would’ve celebrated 41 years this July.
Ken’s career had them in Bartlesville, Ponca City, and finally Katy, Texas, before retiring to Claremore, OK.
Ken loved the Lord and served him faithfully, attending Church nearly all his life, usually in quiet ways behind the scenes, but speaking out for accountability even when difficult. Ken served on three Missions trips, two being at the Hopi reservation in Kykotsmovi, AZ, where he helped paint and roof two large buildings for the Hopi Mission School. Most recent was a trip to Bastrop, TX to construct an addition to a Spanish Church in Bastrop, TX.
Wherever Ken was, he had hobbies and made lots of friends. Building cars, fishing/boating, RC airplanes, and many more. Ken was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Ralph, his mother-in-law Donna, and dear friends Danny Wilcox and Bob Hayes.
In 2015, Ken began to slow down for the first time in his life. It took a while to figure out that Ken had an uncommon disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and passed away on June 5, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, two sons and families, Kyle (Amanda), Kurt (Kelsey) and 5 grandchildren, Connor, Harper, Emmett, Annie and Ellie, as well as his mother, Irene Baldwin, sister Carol (Jon) Stephens and brother Dwight (Cindy) Baldwin, father-in-law Cliff Cowan, sister-and brother-in-law Rhonda (Bob) Mead, 4 nieces and nephews, and friends Mica, Lanny, Ric, and many more. They know who they are!
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Erie, KS. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: CurePSP, 1216 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001, OR Collinsville Baptist Tabernacle Missions, 13300 E 136th St N., Collinsville, OK 74021.
Posted online on June 17, 2022
Published in Eaminer-Enterprise