Ken was a livestock broker and owned a trucking company, hauling livestock his entire adult life. In 2000, Ken purchased his dream home on the Mackenzie River in Vida, OR. His greatest love was fishing. He had several boats over the years, ending up with a fishing yacht that he kept in Puerto Vallarta. He loved his time spent down in Mexico. Nothing made him happier in his later years than chartering his boat or having friends and family go out with him fishing or for a bay cruise, if you couldn’t hack the open sea. Ken never met a stranger and when he wasn’t on his phone brokering a livestock load, he was chatting up a new “friend” he had just met.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon Woods of York; children Vicki (Brian) Schmer of Omaha, NE, Rod (Holly)Woods of York; five grandchildren, Evan and Emily Schmer of Omaha and Beau, Kaylee and Hope Woods all of York, and step-granddaughter Cassie Sewald of Ft Collins, CO. Ken is also survived by his two sisters, Betty Derr of Ft Pierre, SD and Sherrie (Gary) Graham of Valentine, NE, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-daughter Kimberly Hallmark, and his sisters Peggy Stewart and Kathy Woods.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Metz Chapel in York. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Military honors will be held at the mortuary after services. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.