Kenneth L. (Ken) Tatman, 69, of Portland died Monday, August 17, 2015 in Muncie, IN after an extended illness.
Ken was born on January 7, 1946 in Portland, IN to Glen and Betty (Weiler) Tatman. He was a 1964 graduate of Portland High School and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University. Ken was a former teacher and coach. He also worked at Naas Foods and Modern Bindery, and was president of Tap City Amusements.
Ken was a lifelong member of the Portland Elks Lodge #768, serving at the local, state, and district levels. He was a past Exalted Ruler and past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. He was also and honorary Kentucky Colonel.
Ken was an avid sports fan, supporting IU Athletics, Colts football, and especially the Yankees. The only thing that made him happier than his team winning was spending time with his grandson, Asher, 7, and his daughter, Stephanie, of Naples, FL, who survives. Ken is also survived by his mother, Betty, his sister, Linda Ashcraft, brother Mark (Lois) Tatman, all of Portland, and his nieces and nephew, great nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Lipps) Tatman, and his father, Glen Tatman.
Ken will be remembered for his ornery sense of humor, his smile, and his ability to make everyone laugh.
Visitation for Ken will be at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 1-3 PM. The Portland Elks will have a service 3:00 PM followed by a memorial service with Pastor Flint Redwine presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Portland Foundation, indicating either the Ken Tatman Memorial Elks Scholarship, or the Portland Rockets.