Ken was very quiet, deep thinking, and fun-loving, gentle man. Ken, as know to many, and to others “Rob” as his wife (Maude) called him, was born on July 1st, 1943 in Penn Yan, New York, where he attended and graduated from Penn Yan Academy. He went on to attend Mohawk Valley College, Utica, NY, graduating with an associates degree. During his college break he returned to Penn Yan, and being the industrious person he was, took a job during summer break on a grape farm located on Bluff Point. That is where he and his wife’s adventurous journey of 60 years began, and he always bragged about marrying the “farmer’s Daughter.” Their love was a special one, as they were married 57+ years. During early years of marriage he went to night school at RIT, where he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the Army National Guard.
Rob’s giving and caring nature was developed in his early years to always put needs of others ahead himself, as evidence in being very active in serving as Elder in the Avon Central Presbyterian Church, Secretary of Avon Lions Club and President of the Avon Little League.
He was very proud of his two children, Tammy Marie Schmid, married to Joel. She was always his “little girl”. Brian Dean married to Betsy. He was so proud of Brian for being the father he became.
He was very proud of his grandchildren. Maxwell Dean always liked his laughter, how he loved eating popcorn, wrestling on the floor, and how he always enjoyed running up to him after their many sporting events.
Nicholas Andrew enjoyed geocaching with him, where he would once again get adventurous and possibly break a fence or two….by accident for sure!! He drove miles to arrive at Nick’s birth on time.
When Brian introduced the family to Betsy and her son Thomas, they became friends when Thomas rode on his shoulders around the Columbus Zoo. Later Rob taught him, with patience, how to ride a two wheel bike.
Ken’s life was very interesting, challenging and rewarding. He worked many years at Taylor Instrument, located in Rochester, NY and retired from Lexmark, located in Lexington, KY. Both companies gave him many lasting friendships. He traveled to many interesting countries for his profession, which gave him great capabilities in adjusting to different cultures and environments. He always was very proud of, and shared, many of those experiences with his family and friends.
Ken and his wife moved to The Villages and enjoyed a fulfilling retirement life-style. It was easy for him to make new friends in golfing and various social activities. His “smile” was a trademark for him, as it always put a smile on another persons face, which he was proud and happy to do.
He became involved in the Lions Club and served several years assisting with the Soup Kitchen. He and his wife took a “bucket list” trip to St. Andrews, where he enjoyed having a “caddie” but learned that he would probably not be on tour. He was a proud man and loved his family very much. He kept up his smile and loving ways as long as he could, in spite of his health journey taking him on an unfamiliar path. We hope that he rests in peace and knows that he will always be loved and remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We thank him for being the root of our family, now and forever.
A service for Ken (Rob) was held at the Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford, FL on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Those wishing to honor his memory in any way may contribute to The Alzheimers Association, Attn: Donor Services, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.neptunesociety.com/location/ocala-cremation for the Hall family.
The Alzheimers AssociationAttn: Donor Services, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17,, Chicago, IL 60601