ARCADIA, Fla. -- Kenneth Richard Alvord, 81, of Arcadia, Fla., and Archbold, Ohio, passed away November 27, 2014, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ken was born June 25, 1933, in Chappell, Neb., the son of Clarence and Vesta Alvord. He moved to Ohio and married Clara Ann (Miller) Frey on June 18, 1952, and she survives. They made their home in Liberty Center until a few years ago. Recently, Ken and Clara spent their summers in Archbold, Ohio, and winters in Arcadia, Fla.
Ken is survived by six children, Clarence "Al" (Sharon) of Arcadia, Fla., Richard (Diane) of Napoleon, David (Nina) of Liberty Center, Cherie (David) Mercer of Wauseon, Jaynie (Tom) Gilgenbach of Archbold, and Laurie Ricker of Bryan; two sisters, Patty Kintz of Ogalla, Neb., and Garnet Roth of Republic, Mo.; sister-in-law, Yvonne Alvord of Sumter, Wash.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence "Buzz" Alvord; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Ken retired from Tenneco and enjoyed delivering parts for Auto Zone in his later years. Ken and Clara volunteered for 29 years as camp host at Harrison Lake. Ken was very active as a volunteer. He worked with the Boy Scouts in Liberty Center and Archbold, Henry County C.B. Radio Club, Liberty-Washington Fire Department, Buckeye Auxiliary Police, REACT and Ham Radio Club, Fulton County CD Police Unit, American Red Cross and CCNO Ministries. He was a member of the North Clinton Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be from 2-3:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at North Clinton Church, Linfoot Street, Wauseon, with fireman's last call services following. Memorial services will follow. He will be interred at Pettisville Cemetery at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the North Clinton Church, CCNO Ministries or a charity of the donor's choice.