Kenneth M. Flowers, 94, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at his home in Mt. Vernon.
Kenneth was born in Brownstown on June 15, 1919, the son of William W. and Lou Alma (Smith) Flowers. Kenneth married Elaine (Koppen) Flowers of Centralia on Sept. 29, 1946, in Morganfield, Ky., and she preceded him in death.
After graduation from Brownstown High School, Kenneth attended the national school of meat cutting at Kuntz Market in Toledo, Ohio. Afterward he was employed with the A&P store in Centralia as a meat cutter. He later moved to Chicago where he was involved in defense work at Carnegie Steel and San Equipment Corp. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sea-Bee’s on Dec. 15, 1942, and served until Dec. 15, 1945. He was a petty officer, second class serving in the South Pacific, in World War II. During his service time he was awarded two bronze battle stars.
After his discharge from the Navy, he and his wife Elaine moved to Mt. Vernon and he went to work at Harry’s Market as a meat cutter from 1947 until 1985. During the last eight years at Harry’s Market he was co-owner along with Fred Jay. After his retirement Kenneth worked part time for the Sharp Brothers grocery store in Mt. Vernon. Later he was employed by the Lanter Corp. in Mt. Vernon as a courier. Kenneth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon.
Kenneth enjoyed sports, and he excelled in his two favorites: tennis and bowling.
He is survived by a son, Roger Michaels and wife Chawasri “Cherri,” of Denver; sister, Betty Bullock of Lewisburg, Ohio; brother-in-law, Sam Jones of Vandalia; two grandchildren, Melissa Flowers of Mt. Vernon and Cheyenne Michaels of Denver; and three nieces, Amy, Mary and Heather.