Ken Watkins

Ken W. Watkins, 94, of Decatur passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He was born April 20, 1925, in Anderson to Lynwood and Helen (Moyer) Watkins. He was married August 21, 1949, in Decatur to Lavon “Bonnie” Strickler.
He was a teacher for 11 years at Adams Central Community Schools and also taught at North Adams Community Schools. He managed Decatur Community Center and was an A.V. supervisor at North Adams Community Schools. He proudly served his country as a major in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII and also served for many years in the Air Force Reserve following the war. He was a longtime active member of the Decatur Church of God. He was also former president of the Optimist Club of Decatur and member of Adams Post #43. He was known as an avid Fox News watcher.
He is survived by two daughters, Angie (Jim) Foreman; and Robin (Phil Emenhiser) Woten, both of Decatur; brother-in-law, Larry (Sue) Strickler of Payne, Ohio; four grandchildren, Nick (Jill Krick) Foreman; Arron (Kendall) Foreman; Nathaniel (Shay Moorman) Woten; and Tim (Tera Woolley) Woten; and one great-grandson, Simeon Foreman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on February 5, 2019; sister, Joan Plew; brother, Keith Watkins; and grandson, Ryan Woten.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 4 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 5 at Woodcrest Chapel and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday at Decatur Church of God. Officiating will be Pastor Don Smith. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery.
Military graveside honors will be provided by American Legion Post #43 Color Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Church of God Worship Arts.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit