It’s this time of year again. In memory of Ken Carson’s 20th death anniversary, we’re resharing the tribute written the year previous.

The Ken Carson Tribute

On this day  19 years ago (as of 2013), the world lost yet another of it’s treasures in the form of Ken Carson. Kenny, after struggling for several months with declining health that no doctors could pinpoint, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease only a day before he succumbed to the disease.
Ken had been active in his community up into the final two weeks of his life. He was so weak at the last that he had to be carried onstage, but he refused to stop singing. He loved to entertain, and he declared that “The day that the people don’t enjoy it, that’s the time that I’m going to hang it up.”

November 1993, Ken and his wife Gretchen celebrating what proved to be Kenny's last birthday-- his 79th. November 1993, Ken and his wife Gretchen celebrating what proved to be Kenny’s last birthday– his 79th.

Kenny was a universal favorite. He was a gracious host and guest, and to use his own wordage, he was…

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