SADDLEBROOKE, AZ — Ken Stevenson, formerly of Fredericktown and Mount Vernon, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at 89 years of age. Ken was born Jan. 2, 1930 in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania to Hugh and Blanche Stevenson.

He was raised and attended school in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Following graduation, Ken attended the University of Cincinnati, receiving a degree in mechanical engineering. Ken met Jean Reed while working as a co-op student in Mount Vernon at the Cooper Bessemer Company. Ken and Jean were married in 1954 and shortly after left for California while Ken served a tour of active duty as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Ken and Jean’s union produced four children: David (Karen), Charles (Jean), Karen (Jeff) Overly, and William, all of whom survive him. In addition to Jean and their children, Ken is survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

After his service in the United States Air Force, Ken worked as an engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania prior to returning to Mount Vernon and the Cooper Bessemer Company in 1957. Ken worked for Cooper as it expanded into Cooper Industries and was employed by them until his retirement in 1995, eventually serving for a time as president of its Gardner Denver Division in Roanoke, VA, and as president of Cooper Energy Services in Mount Vernon, the position he held when he retired.

Ken was also involved as a board member in the creation and establishment of Knox County Community Hospital, served as a board member of First Knox National Bank, and as a trustee for Wayne Township in Knox County.

Jean and family will be receiving guests at a memorial service to be held on Ken’s 90th birthday, Jan. 2, 2020, at the Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 East Miravista Lane, Tucson, AZ, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donations to the Knox County Foundation, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, or a charity of your choosing. To share a memory or to leave a condolence please visit


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