Ken was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 23,
1951 to Betty Ann Welch (Turk). He was her first boy. Ken was
named Kenneth after his Uncle Kenneth Turk, and Vernon after his Uncle
Vernon Welch. Ken's Uncle Ken Turk is a Army veteran joining the US
Airborne in 1946, serving in Italy and Trieste.
Ken also had an Uncle Ron Welch who earned a purple heart in the Korean
war, and survived the tiger
Betty (Turk) was born in Petoskey, Michigan and moved to
Grand Rapids, graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, and started
raising a family with her first son, Ken.
Ken had to be a natural born leader because of the family
circumstances He found himself in a role of leadership at a very early
age. It was not long in his life before he started helping 'raise' his
brothers under his Mothers supervision.
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