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Ken Paschal, age 80 of Linn, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
Ken was born on April 4, 1933, in Osage County, a son to the late Rudolph A. and Clara G. (Maasen) Paschal.
Ken was a 1951 graduate of Linn High School. He graduated on a Friday night and left the following Monday to play minor league baseball for the Boston Red Sox. Ken played baseball for the Oneonta Red Sox in 1951 and then in 1952, he played for the Rutherford County Owls where he was named the Most Valuable Player.
Ken served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
On October 13, 1956, he was united in marriage to Catherine Ann Kuster at St. George Catholic Church in Linn. She survives of the home.
Ken was employed by the Missouri Highway Department in the Soils and Materials Lab for over 40 years, retiring in 1995. He was a high school basketball referee for over 30 years and in the mid 1960's, he was selected to referee the high school final four basketball games for two consecutive years for Class M Schools in the Brewer Fieldhouse in Columbia. Ken also played baseball for the Linn Tigers Team, in a traveling adult baseball league, and was known for his hitting abilities. He also coached his son's Babe Ruth baseball team in Jefferson City. Ken was an avid sportsman and enjoyed watching the Linn Wildcats, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Ken was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Linn and a Charter member of the Osage Trail Riders. He often took week long trail rides in southeastern Missouri. Ken was a "hobby farmer" and always had a horse or two on his farm. He enjoyed being outside either riding his horse, cutting wood, deer or raccoon hunting.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, Catherine, he is survived by: one son, Jim Paschal and his wife Sherri of Linn; two daughters, Patsy Helmig and her husband Duane of Linn and Peggy Mantle and her husband Sam of Linn; one brother, Melvin Paschal and his wife Esther of Odessa, Texas; three grandchildren, Jordon Deeken and her husband Brad, Kenny Helmig, and Ryan Mantle; and one great grandchild due in October.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Morton Chapel in Linn with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at St. George Catholic Church with Fr. John Schmitz as the celebrant. Interment with full military honors will follow in the St. George Parish Cemetery in Linn.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Linn Athletic Booster Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, MO (897-2214)
Peggy and family, I feel blessed to have known your Dad. He made me feel accepted as a young veterinarian practicing in a new area. He was a very knowledgeable horseman and taught me a lot. Wish I could have attended the services. My thoughts are with you.
Nan Taylor-Keilholz Apr 3 2014 12:00 AM
Catherine and family So sorry to hear of Ken's death. This will be a hard period in your life. Remember all the great times and fun you have shared with him and family and friends. I have you in my prayers and will wait to phone. I was out of town or would have been there to pay my respects. God give you strength. Your friend, Betsy
Elizabeth (Betsy) Edwards Apr 2 2014 12:00 AM
Thinking of you and extending our deepest sympathy.
Gary and Chris Schaefer Apr 1 2014 12:00 AM
So sorry for the loss of your family member.
jamie neuner Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
Catherine and the family have my sympathies.
Shirley Backues Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
Aunt Catherine and All The Family, I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Kenny's passing. He was a very much loved person in my life. He helped me ride my first horse and was always there to be sure we (all us kids) were safe. I will miss him a lot. Look to God in this time of sorrow. He will be there always to help support and guide you through this time of sorrow. All My Love and Prayers to All....Susie
Susie Dodgen Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
You have our deepest sympathy and in our prayers
Les & Valora Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
Sorry Peggy: You are in our thoughts and prayers-not we.
Rob & Susan Barrett Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
Peggy: So sorry to hear about your dad. We are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You!
Rob & Susan Barrett Mar 31 2014 12:00 AM
Sincere sympathy to each and every family member. Harvey, my late husband, introduced me to Ken at one of the rummage sales they were having. Ken also worked with my brother, Bruce Loesch, and that was something we talked about that day. Just thought I would share this with you.
Patty Riegel Mar 29 2014 12:00 AM