Ken was born in Carbon, Ind., Dec. 27, 1928, the son of Fred O. and Cynthia (Pell) Hood. He graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1946. His classmates will remember him by his last-second shot that won the game between the Brazil Red Devils and the Van Buren Blue Devils in the 1946 sectional game.
Ken served his country during the Korean War having been honorably discharged in 1952 as a Master Sargent. Shortly after his return home, he married Margaret Salitros Nov. 1, 1952. Ken had worked for the Peter Eckrich Company for 37 years as a route salesman retiring in 1989.
Ken enjoyed watching sports, fishing, hunting, gardening and especially spending time with friends and family.
Ken was a member of the American Legion Post 2, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and the Fraternal Order of the Elks 762.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Cynthia Hood, two sisters Mildred Jean Heitz and Norma Lee Fay, two brothers Don Hood and Gerald Scott Hood in infancy and a daughter-in-law Debbie Hood.
Ken leaves behind his wife of 59 years Margaret Hood, a daughter Rita Harden and husband Paul Harden, two sons Kenneth Kurt Hood, Brazil and Eric Joseph "Joe" Hood and wife Erin, Brazil, grandchildren Elizabeth and husband Chad Swalls, Terre Haute, Alyssa Hood, Brazil, Cassie Hood, Brazil, Matt Harden, Center Point, and Emily Harden, Center Point, great-grandson Warren "Ren" Luther Swalls, siblings Delores Mercer and husband Ken, Mooresville, Tom Hood, Brazil, Becky Crowe and husband Dick, Bloomington, Dick Hood and wife Sandy, Columbus, Ohio, and Bob Hood and wife Rhea, Brazil, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with Military Tribute provided by members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United States Army. Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, from 10 a.m., until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.