Kenneth L. Halbert, 91, Country Club, Missouri passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born August 17, 1922. His parents were Everett and Dora (Bateman) Halbert in Kansas City, Kansas.
He was a High School Graduate of Turner, Kansas and attended the Kansas City School of Horological (Watchmaking) Studies. He also completed training as a goldsmith.
At the age of 18, Kenneth joined the United States Army Air Corps and taught tail gunnery in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a tail gunner on B17’s and performed reconnaissance over the South Pacific.
Kenneth married Dorothy Elizabeth Smith in 1946. They were married 67 years before his passing. She survives of the home.
He and his wife had the opportunity to open Halbert Jewellers in Savannah, Missouri in 1953. He earned international awards for his jewelry displays. He retired in 1985 from the store, and began studying watercolor paintings, for which he received numerous awards.
He was a member of Savannah United Methodist Church, a board member with the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, American Gem Society, Horological Watchmakers Society of America, American Legion Dick Munkres Post 287, Savannah Lodge No. 71 A.F. & A.M., Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Moila Shrine.
Mr. Halbert was preceded in death by his parents.
Additional Survivors: daughter, Karen Halbert-Read and husband Steve, Country Club, Missouri; granddaughter, Tara Jayne Read, St. Joseph, Missouri; grandson, Dr. Scott C. Read, (D.V.M.) and wife Traci, Platte City, Missouri; and three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Thayer Leo, and Paisley, Platte City, Missouri.
Celebration of Life: 3:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the American Alzheimers Association. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.