Ken was born and raised in western Moffat County, a son to homesteaders Walter and Rosa Mansfield. Together. Walter and Rosa bore ten children, four boys and six girls. Ken was the sixth child. He was educated in a one-room school house, Twin Wash and Skull Creek School, and he walked three miles to and from school everyday.
Ken spent 18 months in the Civil Conservation Corps at Massadona, and when World War II broke out, he joined the U.S. Marines. He fought in four major campaigns: Guadalcanal, Guam, Iwo Jima and Bouganville.
In 1942, he met the love of his life, Ernestine "Tina" Harper, and on Nov. 12, they married and have remained together for 64 years and 9 months. He was the foreman of the street maintenance department for Baldwin Park, Calif., untill he retired. In 1989, Ken and Ernestine moved to Vernal, Utah. They moved back to Ken's beloved Colorado mountains just before he died.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine "Tina" Mansfield of Clifton; his son, Jack E. Mansfield of Milford, Calif.; his daughter, Paula J. Islas of Layton, Utah; a brother and sister, and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation takes place Wed-nesday, Sept. 5, 2007, in Martin's Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It then proceeds to the VA Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. for a burial with full military honors by the Colorado National Honor Guard.
Arrangements are under the care of Martin Mortuary, of Grand Junction.