Kenneth Richard Malehorn
May 28, 1939 – Nov. 9, 2020
Kenneth Richard Malehorn passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2020, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, surrounded by his wife and sons.
Kenneth was born in Salunga, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1939, to Julia and Lloyd Malehorn. He graduated from Hempfield High School in 1957 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He married Linda Fellenbaum on Sept. 19, 1959.
Ken was a self-made man professionally. After serving four years of active duty in the Air Force, he started a career in logistics with Charles Chips in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Calhoun, Kentucky. He transitioned to auto sales and then management, taking on increasing responsibilities until he became general manager of Wolf Motor Co. in 1975. Ken purchased Wolf Motor, and in 1981, he purchased Garden Spot Ford, which he merged with Wolf Motor. He was active with Ford Motor Co. and District Marketing, and he served on the Ford National Truck Dealer Council, while also winning numerous company awards. He was a generous sponsor of auto races of all kinds in the local area and had a keen interest in all things motorsports. He founded Manheim, Pennsylvania-based Sno Sports, a Polaris dealership, and began racing snowmobiles throughout the East Coast in the ’70s and early ’80s.
He sold the auto dealership in 1986 and later became a valued business partner and customer-focused co-owner of Professional Auto Body in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with his youngest son, David.
Ken and Linda relocated in the late ’80s to Buffalo and spent the winters in Estero, Florida, residing in Riverwoods Plantation.
Ken was always an outdoorsman, owning the Maverick Camp, in Sinnamahoning, Pennsylvania, and serving as a deputy game warden in Pennsylvania upon his retirement from the dealerships.
He excelled at anything he put his mind to, becoming a scratch golfer, champion trap shooter, accomplished fisherman, trophy big-game hunter, talented decoy wood carver, skilled photographer, backpacker, motorcyclist, snowmobiler and boatsman. He enjoyed all these pursuits, but most appreciated all the friendships he built pursuing these passions over his life. He shared his joy for travel, and the outdoors, with his wife, sons, grandchildren and extended family, his gift to be cherished forever.
Ken shared a lifetime of love and living with his wife, Linda, and family. He is survived by his wife, sons Jeff and David, daughters-in-law Laura and Polly, grandchildren Kayla, Ali, Emily, and Shelby and great-granddaughter Eliza.
The family will have a private memorial. A safe celebration of his life with family and friends is under consideration for 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association or Hospice of the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Ken’s memory.