Rev. Kenneth R. Vaught, age 86 of Hastings went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Ken was born on July 9, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Elbert C. and Eula (Reid) Vaught. He attended Terre Haute Schools, and Indiana State University. Ken graduated from Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois (Garrett Seminary).
Ken married Helen Marie Montgomery in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 26, 1955. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage.
Ken loved people and enjoyed preaching and calling on people. He pastored at Evangelical United Brethren churches in Indiana, United Methodist Churches in Hastings, Battle Creek, Leighton Township and Nashville, Michigan. He retired in 1994 from the Hope United Methodist Church. After his retirement he pastored at the Quimby Church, part-time. Ken spent countless hours calling on people in the hospital, nursing facilities and at home.
Ken enjoyed music and could play both the piano and organ. He enjoyed watching Sports and he had a wonderful sense of humor.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, mother and father-in-law, and brother-in-law.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Helen of Hastings, son, Timothy Vaught of Hastings, daughter, Melinda (Thomas) Deckard of Centerville, IN, grandsons, Joel (Alicia) Deckard of Pasadena, CA, Adam (Emily) Deckard of Mt. Pleasant, MI, brother, James (Connie) Vaught of Maryville, TN, brother-in-law, Robert (Joyce) Montgomery of Battle Ground, IN, sister-in-law, Delores Montgomery of Watseka, IL, sister-in-law, Brenda Spencer of Frankfort, KY and serveral nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Thornapple Manor, 2700 Nashville Rd., Hastings, MI.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm and 1 hour prior to service time At Hope United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Friday at Hope United Methodist Church 2920 S. M-37 Hwy. Hastings. Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.