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November 6, 1936 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Kenneth “Ken” L. Whorton, age 87, of Marion, Arkansas passed away on January 25, 2024, in the arms of his devoted family.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Margaret Whorton; two sons, Greg Whorton of Marion, AR. and Jeff Whorton (Jennifer) of Louisville, KY; two grandchildren, Casey Whorton (Julia) and Lily Whorton and a host of extended family who always looked to him as a big brother or father figure.
He is preceded in death by two sisters, Iva Jewel Lynn and Edna Cummins; and four brothers, James Whorton, Harold Whorton, Aubrey Whorton and Grady Whorton, his parents and many friends and family members who enriched his life beyond measure.
Ken was born on November 6, 1936, in Leighton, Alabama to the late True B. Whorton and Ather Deatherge. After losing his parents at a very young age, he spent most of his childhood in Southeast Missouri with siblings and extended family.
At the age of 18, Ken joined the Army during the height of the Cold War. After returning from honorable service, he began his career in the Aerospace Industry at McDonnell Douglas where he led domestic and international teams through years of amazing special projects including NASA’s Project Gemini, and the development of the F-15 Eagle and F/A-18 Hornet.
Although Ken was blessed with a long, fulfilling career, to him the most important part of his life was his family and friends. Ken perfected the art of working hard for what he had, while enjoying life, having a great time and putting family first. He was extremely proud of his children and beamed with pride in his grandchildren. He will forever be remembered for his truly genuine spirit, deep generosity, kind heart and, of course, always being prepared to tell a great joke.
Ken touched the lives of so many who will remember him as one of the best people they have ever known.
A private ceremony and celebration of life will be held at a later date.