Monongahela man loves helping people
By Chris Buckley
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
When Ken King took his first job at Arcadia Gardens in South Park, he did so because he loved working with people.
But little did he know that he'd meet one person who would change his life – his future wife, Beth.
A Monongahela native, King started working for Arcadia Gardens right out of high school. He was the head of the garden center.
“I love working with people and enjoyed working with the plants,” King said.
It was there that the Kings met. She was attending culinary school at the time.
The couple has been married 19 years. They have a son, Codie, 16, a sophomore at Ringgold High School.
King worked at Arcadia Gardens for nearly five years before it closed.
He then worked for the Monongahela McDonalds for nearly a year in maintenance and front counter sales before moving to the Eat ‘N Park in the city. He was training to go into management training when his lung collapsed.
He had surgery to remove a portion of his one lung. King has been on disability since 2000 after doctors determined that pneumothorax of the lung precluded him from putting too much stress on the organ.
“Basically, I take care of my son and help my wife,” King said. “And, I've taken care of my grandmother, Myrtle.”
Myrtle Bradshaw worked at Eat ‘N Park for 40 years.
For awhile, Bradshaw along with Ken and Beth King all worked at the Monongahela restaurant.
“We actually worked different shifts because we wanted someone to be with my son,” King said. “We didn't want him to be under a babysitter's care. My wife worked mornings, I would do the midnight shift and my grandmother worked 5 to 11 p.m.”
King said he enjoyed working with people.
“I love helping people,” King said. “I still do today. If a neighbor needs a hand, I do so as long as I can handle it.
“I always try to be as polite to people as I can.”
His health concerns do provide some limitations.
“I can't really walk a lot,” King said. “The main thing that bothers me is the heat. When it gets too hot, I have to use my oxygen.
“When it gets too humid, I have to stay in.”
The cold weather actually helps him breathe easier, King said.
King said he used to enjoy hunting, but it's hard for him to do so now.
“My main enjoyment is going on Facebook and keeping up with my friends,” King said. “I like to do models and play video games with my son. It gives me a lot of father-son time.”
King said the most memorable event in his life was witnessing the birth of his son at West Penn Hospital in March 1996.
“He was three months premature,” King said. “He was just 3 pounds, 4 ounces. He was so small that he fit in palm of my hand.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Bellmar High School alumni share special bond
- Grant helps Belle Vernon teacher build collection of Civil War artifacts
- Brownsville Area senior wins major honor at state farm show
- Pastor’s childhood tale, scar key to Easter message
- Ozarks tournament filled with pageantry, top players in 1961
- First Federal, Community Bank join
- Veteran reporter to discuss coverage of Civil War during Cal U roundtable
- Memorial tribute planned for Donora native Galiffa
- Smithton native charged in Ohio with faking illness to raise money
- Fire rips through Rostraver house
- Electric heater blamed for Charleroi house fire