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Kenneth Dale Love

June 27, 1938 - August 8, 2012

Kenneth Dale Love, 74, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Callaway Community Hospital. He was born June 27, 1938, in Fulton, the son of the late Charles Wesley and Anna Elizabeth (Bush) Love. After graduating from Fulton High School, Ken attended Westminster College, graduating in 1960. While a student at Westminster, he was the sports editor for The Fulton Sun Gazette and had a radio show on KFAL. Following graduation, he moved to Olathe, Kansas to assume the position of sports editor for the Olathe Daily News where he went on to become managing editor. He served as the Chamber of Commerce President in Olathe and also of their sister city program with Chur, Switzerland. Following retirement, Ken owned and operated Horizon Travel Services in Olathe. He was a sports enthusiast, serving as chief statistician for the Kansas City Chiefs home games for 42 years, and the representative for the State of Kansas Associated Press, traveling to three different Olympics. Ken spent numerous hours coaching and managing youth baseball teams in both Fulton and Olathe. He was the first paid employee for Fulton Parks and Recreation where he prepared the fields for ball games. An avid collector, he was particularly fond of Hummels and British Stadden figurines. He enjoyed traveling the world and has many international friends. Kenneth was an active member of First Christian Church in Fulton. Surviving Ken is a special "son", Joachim Meilke, his wife, Trudie, and their daughter, Avery of Olathe. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane Schultz and husband John of Fulton; brother-in-law, Tim Collins; three nephews, John Schultz Jr., Tracy Collins and Tim Collins; and two nieces, Elizabeth Schultz Humphreys, and Margaret Schultz Beggs. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce Collins. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at First Christian Church in Fulton with Reverend Ed Varnum officiating. Entombment will follow at Callaway Memorial Gardens. In lieu of customary memorial donations, the family suggests donations be made to the First Christian Church, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251. Condolences can be sent by visiting www.debofuneralhome.com.