By The Mercury

Kenneth Edward Brabb, 90, of rural Alma, died Wednesday at the Alma Manor.  He was a life-long resident of the area.

The family provided some of the following information.

Ken was born April 6, 1923, on the family farm in rural Wabaunsee County. He was the son of William and Elva Sisson Brabb.  He attended local schools and graduated from Alta Vista High School.

Ken was a farmer and stockman.  He ran his own operation but also worked for other farmers in the area as a farmhand and carpenter.  Has was an active member of the Welcome Presbyterian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and Elder; later he transferred to First Presbyterian in Manhattan.  Ken could be found attending auctions and tinkering in the garage with various wood projects. He spent time trying to hook a catfish out of one of his ponds and reading a good western book.  Hereford cows, collecting John Deere tractors, and grandkids brought much enjoyment to his life.

Ken married Esther Kamisky on Aug. 28, 1943, in Dwight.  She survives at their home.

He is also survived by his daughters, Linda Schultz and her husband, Ron and Peggy Schultz and her husband, Gary, both of Alma; his grandchildren, Christa (Corey) Kraus, Jared (Janelle) Schultz, Candi (Christopher) Martin, Luke (Dawn) Schultz; and great-grandchildren, Marisa and Tulsa Schultz, Cortney Miller and Bo Kraus, Cooper and Caxton Martin, Karsen and Dawson Schultz ; his sister, Vada Ramsour; and brother Marvin Brabb.  Ken was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Justin Schultz; great-granddaughter, Caitlin Miller; and his siblings, Harvey Brabb and Mary Tully.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma.  Reverend Cam McConnell will be officiating.  Burial will follow in Welcome Cemetery.  Mr. Brabb will lie in state on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. and the family will greet friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time.  They suggest memorial contributions to the Wabaunsee County Historical Society, and those may be sent in care of the funeral home.  Online condolences may be made at

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