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Kenneth J. Standley
March 11, 1947 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Kenneth James Standley was born on March 11, 1947 to Artie and Eunice Standley. Although he was born in Arkansas, Ken spent his childhood in Cardwell, Missouri where he enjoyed playing basketball, participating in track and field, hunting, working on cars, logging, working in the sawmill, and spending time with his family, especially his three younger brothers.
In 1966, Ken joined the Navy. He served as a jet mechanic for two years until receiving an honorable discharge when his father fell ill and he returned home to provide for his family.
In 1967, Ken met his future wife, Karen Moody, while stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Station. They were married in 1968 and resided in Exeter for most of their marriage where they raised their three children, Leanna, Gary, and Brad.
In 1973, Ken was hired as Badger Farming’s first employee and worked for the company until his retirement in 2023. He started as a ranch manager and did everything from irrigating to spraying to harvesting walnuts. Later, he became the head mechanic and loved working in wind machines. For the last 20 years or so, Ken was the North Foreman and oversaw all of the farming on the northern ranches. He took much pride in his work and was a loyal and dedicated employee.
As an adult, Ken enjoyed working on cars and coached Exeter Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball for 21 years. He gave generously of his time and left a lasting impact on many in the community through his service to Exeter’s youth.
Above all, Ken loved his family and the Lord. He enjoyed singing hymns, working with his hands, and helping others in need. He was known to say that he loved people and he loved life.
On November 25th, 2023, Ken went home to be with his Lord and Savior.
Ken is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Karen, daughter Leanna, son Gary (Lacey), son Brad, his three brothers, Danny, Kelvin, and Clinton, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and innumerable friends.
He will be reme
mbered fondly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A Celebration of Ken's life will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 12:00 P.M. at the Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, Exeter...