Ken was raised on a farm north of Grand River. He graduated from Grand River high school in 1945. Then he entered the United States Navy to serve his country. After his honorable discharge, he met Melba Merle Higday in Kellerton, Iowa. They were married on November 20, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa. They were blessed with three children, Dwight, Deborah and Pamela. They also raised four of their grandchildren. They lived in Des Moines until 1951, when they moved to California, first to Long Beach and then to Sonoma. Ken was a machinist in his business, R & M Company. In 1989 he sold the business and retired. In 1990 he and Melba moved back to Grand River.
Ken enjoyed making model cars, airplanes and ships. He loved his 1961 blue Dodge truck that he named Nellie. He was a member of the Grand River American Legion.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Taylor of Grand River, Iowa; children, Dwight and Katie Taylor of Osceola, Iowa, Debbie and Ron Haley of Napa, California and Pam Stewart of Santa Rosa, California; eight grandchildren, Kimberly McKinnon, Mike Haley, TK Stewart, Jeff Taylor, Pat Taylor, Ann Taylor, Nicky Richman and Danny Richman; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rosalee Draper of Des Moines, Iowa and Evelyn Dies of Hastings, Nebraska; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa Tuesday, September 13, 2011, with Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. Burial was in the Murray Cemetery in Murray, Iowa.