Kenneth C. ("KC") Hollemon, 89, died of natural causes Jan. 19, 2007 in Eugene, Ore. He was born to Claude and Martha Hollemon on March 30, 1917 in Fort Collins, Colo.
During his youth, he became interested in working on radios. His acquired skills became very useful when he joined the Army Air Forces. He spent his time in service teaching radio theory and operation at various posts around the country.
He met the love of his life, Gloria Compton, while stationed near St. Louis. They were married Aug. 15, 1943 and raised two sons.
After leaving the service, Mr. Hollemon went to work for AT&T in El Paso, Texas. He remained with AT&T throughout his career during which he and his family lived in El Paso, Texas, Lordsburg, N.M. and Phoenix. He retired in Phoenix having risen to a supervisory position.
Mr. Hollemon was actively involved in Boy Scouts with his sons, and received the prestigious Silver Beaver award for his contributions.
Upon retiring, the Hollemons moved to Strawberry, where they lived for 25 years before moving to Eugene, Ore. in 2005 to be closer to their children.
Mr. Hollemon was active in the community as a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, and the Pine-Strawberry Improvement Association. The couple were founding members and long-standing supporters of the Payson United Methodist Church.
A small memorial service was held Jan. 26.
He is survived by his wife Gloria of Eugene, Ore.; sister, Gladys Goodrich of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sons, Ken (Linda) of Bend, Ore. and Wray (Carole) of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and grandson, Aaron (Lauren) of Redding, Calif.