Graduated from Teague High School, Teague, TEXAS Attended Tehuhcana College on a Football Scholarship
Served as Chief Aviator US NAVY WORLD WAR II
The Baccus family mourns the loss of Kenneth Baccus of Abilene at the age of 85. Kenny, or 'Ace' or 'K', as he was known by his friends, lived most of his adult life in Abilene and passed away here on December 31, 2003. Born 1918 in Wyoming, he moved around a lot as a child, but graduated high school in Teague, Texas and attended Tehuhcana College on a football scholarship. There he met and married the love of his life, Mertise Wright in 1939. After serving in the Navy in WWII as a Chief Aviator, he eventually moved to Abilene in 1948 as the shop manager of Universal Motors, then the Ford dealership. For many years and until retirement, Kenny operated Baccus Body Shop at several locations in town. In the early 50's, he was instrumental in growing the Independent Garageman's Association in Abilene. In 1959, he was the first President of the Jane Long PTA and an active member of the PTA throughout his children's school career, and was an 'in-demand coffee maker' for that organization. He was also an avid golfer and in the 1980's he was associated with the Abilene Golf Association.
Kenny was much loved and admired by his family and a large host of friends from all walks of life. He was a role model and mentor and his sense of family, honor and joy will live on through his future generations.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mertise; his children, Joe and wife Lora of Dickinson, Kalana and husband Robert Allen, and Kimberly and husband Randy Shytles all of Abilene; grandchildren, Karla and husband William Skeen of Houston and Kristy and husband Jeff Walker of Dickinson, Kristian and wife Kelli Allen, and Kensey Allen of Abilene. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Brady and Joely Skeen of Houston and Larkin and Landon Walker of Dickingson; nephew, Mike Oglethorpe and wife Rita of Bryan and their daughter, Kelli and her husband Brian Barnes and their children; and his brother, JD (Buddy) Baccus and wife Betty of Houston.
A Mason and Shriner for some 50 years, he was Past Commander of Abilene Commandery #27 Knights Templar. In addition to graveside services presided by Rev. Joe Welsh, he will be honored by his brethren with a Masonic graveside at Elmwood Memorial Park on Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Family visitation will be on Friday, January 2, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory Street.