Kenneth (Ken) Ray Large passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, while surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ken was born Aug. 14, 1932 to Obie and Cora Large in Leakey, Texas.
The younger brother of Helen, Ken graduated from Knott High School and went straight into the United States Air Force, where he served as a military policeman for 10 years. After being stationed for three years at Fairford Royal Air Force Base near Cheltenham, UK, he returned back to his roots in Texas, where he served at both Webb and Lackland Air Force bases. After leaving the Air Force, he tried his hand at various jobs and settled on being an engineering assistant at Cap Rock electric for 20 years.
Ken was passionate about chili. A member of CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International), he was instrumental in developing what is now known as â€śThe Ranch.â€ť In 1989, in the heat of Texas summer, he volunteered his time digging trenches and laying wire to what would become the main stage at The Ranch in Terlingua, Texas with three of his close friends. Very well respected and a fierce competitor, Ken served at several different posts within the organization, including director.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Obie and Cora Large of Big Spring, Texas; his sister, Helen Large Thrailkill of Stanton, Texas; niece, Fran Scott of Midland, Texas; second wife, Dorothy Large of Midland, Texas; third wife, Barbara Large of Odessa, Texas; and daughter, Kimberly Large Carnes of Midland, Texas.
He is survived by his four sons and their families, Kyle Large and wife Kristina of Fort Worth, Texas, Kevin Large of Carleon, Wales; Cody Large and girlfriend Debbie of Midland, Texas; and Drew Large and wife Angie of Midland, TX; first wife, Hazel Burgess of Midland, Texas; step-son and step-daughter, Doug and Develan Doss; niece, Pat High of Stanton, Texas; five grandchildren, Kurt and Scott Large of Carleon, Wales, UK, Rian Large and wife Cassie of Midland, Texas, Kayleigh Humphries-Large of Midland, Texas, and Harriet Large of the UK; and two great-grandchildren, Hazel and Londyn.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, at Ellis Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial service will be held at Ellis Funeral Home in Midland, Texas on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. with a small reception immediately following the service.
The family wishes to thank Home Hospice of Midland for their love and compassion shown towards Dad in his final days. We would also like to recognize the nurses and aids on Ortho/Neuro and Oncology, especially Janet and Glenn, who went above and beyond the standard given. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Online condolences may be held at www.ellisfunerals.com