517 E Washington St, Arma, KS 66712

KEN W. BROCK February 4, 1946 - December 31, 2023

Date of Funeral

January 6, 2024

Ken W. Brock, 77, Pittsburg businessman and entrepreneur, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 31, 2023 with family by his side.

Ken was born February 4, 1946, to George and Florence (Chaplin) Brock.  He was raised in Hiattville, Kansas, southwest of Fort Scott.  He attended schools in Hiattville and Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1964.

Ken proudly served his country in the Kansas Army National Guard.

In 1974, Ken founded Names and Numbers by purchasing 5 local telephone directories.  Over the last 50 years he and his wife, Debbie, grew the company which now serves 130 markets in 18 states and 2 territories in Canada.

In addition to his passion for entrepreneurship, anyone who knew Ken knew his love for aviation.  Ken was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Wright Brothers Master Pilot for having flown more than 5000 hours in his 50 plus years of flying.

Ken loved Pittsburg, Fort Scott and all of Southeast Kansas which was evident in his service and leadership to these communities.  He received the Spirit of Pittsburg award in 2011 and the Rex Crowley Outstanding Partners in Progress Award (PSU) in 2016.  Ken started the local Gorilla Toastmasters in Pittsburg.  He served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Kelce School of Business, University Bank, Kansas Airport Advisory Committee, Pinnacle Care and Via-Christi Advisory Board.  He also spent many years on the Association of Directory Publishers Board and was a nation-wide leader in the industry.  Ken was also a member of the Christ’s Church of Oronogo.

Ken may best be known for his service as Chairman of the Highway 69 Association.  The Association’s goal is the expansion of Highway 69 to a four-lane highway from Kansas City to I-44.  Working alongside Dr. Jim AuBuchon and numerous other Southeast Kansas leaders, Ken organized and advocated for the highway by making numerous trips to Topeka and Washington D.C.

Ken married Debbie Schilling on April 30, 1983. She survives of the home.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Bob and daughter-in-law, Lori, of Topeka; his son Ron and daughter-in-law, Robin, of Pittsburg; and four grandchildren:  Lucas Brock of Chicago, Caroline Brock of Overland Park, Evan Mason and Liam Mason of Pittsburg; and two brothers, Paul Brock of Ozark, Missouri and George Brock of Sandy, Oregon.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Delbert and Gloria Schilling.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University with David Duncan officiating.  Burial will follow at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery.  Friends may call from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday, January 5th at the Bedene Funeral Home in Arma, Kansas.  The family suggest memorials to Christ in Youth, a Christian outreach based in Joplin, Missouri.  Memorials can be left at Bedene Funeral Home 517 E. Washington, PO Box 621, Arma, KS 66712, or mailed to CIY, 2201 N. Main, Joplin, MO  64801 or by visiting their website, www.ciy.com.

Friends May call
Friday, January 5, 2024  from 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Bedene Funeral Home
Arma, Kansas

Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 10:00 A.M.
Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas

Garden of Memories
Pittsburg, Kansas

Christ in Youth, a Christian outreach based in Joplin, Missouri


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    Larry Boyd says

    On my behalf and repsect for Ken, Debbie and family members, please accept my deepest sympathies. I wanted to let you know that thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I wish you and your family the courage and peace during this time of mourning. My heart and prayers goes out to you all during this time of sorrow.

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    Debby Johnson says

    We were so very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. May the Peace that Passes All Understanding be with his Family! In His Love, Hoyt and Debby Johnson and Family

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    Tina Schilling says

    So sorry for your loss. Lifting you in prayer and peace during this difficult time. Dale Schilling and Family

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    Brian Bassford says

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences to the Brock Family on the loss of Ken. He was a great, compassionate man and will be sorely missed by all..

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    Keith Axe says

    I am so very sorry to have read that Ken passed away. Both Senator Marshall and Senator Moran gave tribute to Ken and his wonderful life in their latest newsletters.

    I was so very blessed to have provided the AV and Automation system for Ken and Debbie and they both were the most gracious clients I had in my 36 years of doing business. They both showed the grace of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through how they treated everyone they met. Many prayers for the family in this difficult time.

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    Rich Forster says

    May I extend our sincere condolences from the Forster Family. Our friendships go back to 1986 when we met Ken and Debbie at Western Sizzlin to interview for a job at Names and Numbers. Although it took until 1996 when we became members of the Names and Numbers Family, it was a very special 25 years that we cherish in our memories forever.
    We wish Debbie and family the Peace that surpasses understanding as they journey through this most difficult time that comes only from a loving and faithful God. May your thoughts always be filled with the good times that Ken always made better.
    Love and Blessings,
    Rich, Vana and Forster Family

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    LincolnLaverack says

    Rest easy Mr brock

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