Kenneth Edward Baldwin Sr. was born 12-28-25 to Jess and Kathryn (Kopfmann) Baldwin in Alexandria, SD. He attended schools around the Mitchell area. While attending Mount Vernon High School, he played football and was chosen Homecoming King. Ken met the love of his life, Gladys Ann Uphoff, and married her April 8, 1944, at Luverne, Minnesota. They continued to be soul mates the next 70 years. They would often tell their family that they loved each other more every day.
Ken started his career in the US Navy in February 1945, where he trained as a Dental Assistant on the West Coast. He continued to use his skills by lining up his children every 6 months and checking their teeth. When he completed his Navy duty, he worked in Mitchell for Test Dairy for a short time and then George A. Hormel & Company for 25 years. Later, Gladys and he opened up their own business, Baldwin Realty, which they operated for over 20 years. After retiring from selling real estate, he continued with Baldwin Rentals and took pride in the restoration of 28 older homes.
Ken was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis International and Mitchell Kiwanis, lifetime member of the NRA, Charter member of NRA Golden Eagles, American Legion, and sponsor of Mitchell Men’s, Women's, and Youth Softball. In 1983 Ken was named South Dakota Realtor of the Year. He was an avid deer and pheasant hunter. Ken won many awards and trophies in shooting competitions in the tri-state area. Ken also enjoyed attending the grandchildren's events.
Ken will be deeply missed by his wife, Gladys of Mitchell; daughters: Gloria Hensley (William) of Harrisburg, Carole Locke (Tom) of Kansas City, MO, Connie Parrish (Michael) of Mitchell, Kathleen Budahl (Mark) of Mitchell and son, Kenneth E. Baldwin, Jr. (Harriet) of Mitchell. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Susan Hudson (Larry) of Vermillion, Sheri Speckan (Eric) of Farmington, MN, Michael Stach (Maria) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Kelly Locke of Kansas City, MO, Joshua Parrish (Sonya) of Mitchell, Jonathan Parrish (Carrie) of Mebane, NC, Katie Price of Lawrence, KS, Andee Budahl (fiancé, Tyler Webb) of Lakeville, MN, Alex Baldwin (Dena) of St Paul, MN, and Gina Mockler (Brett) of Vermillion and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Lelah Annis (Lyle deceased) of Spearfish, brothers, Homer (Dorine deceased) of Omaha NE, Harvey (Deanna deceased) of Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Alberta (Wilbur deceased) of Mitchell; and brother-in-law Butch Blindauer (Helen deceased)of Mitchell.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, Wilbur and sister, Helen Blindauer.