Ken Case

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Kenneth Craig "Ken" Case

(Television anchorman and
sports broadcaster)


Born June 14, 1925
Omaha, Nebraska
Died May 10, 2007
West Monroe, Louisiana
Spouse Frances Clinton Case
Religion Episcopalian

Kenneth Craig Case, known as Ken Case (June 14, 1925 – May 10, 2007), was a television news anchorman, meteorologist, and sports broadcaster associated with KNOE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Monroe, Louisiana, from 1967 until his retirement in 1987. In addition to the news and weather reports, Case produced the weekly program The Southern Angler, a favorite of fishing enthusiasts.[1] Case arrived at KNOE when the first general manager, Paul Goldman, was winding down his pioneering career as a radio and television broadcaster.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Case served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He started his career in radio broadcasting. For a time, he and Johnny Carson were a radio team in Omaha. The two were the same age.[1]

Case died of injuries sustained in a vehicular accident at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. Case pulled his Lexus sports utility vehicle from Regency Place onto North Seventh Street and into the path of a northbound GMC pickup truck driven by Nicholas Ross, who was  towing a stump grinder and attempted to swerve out of Case's path, but he struck the driver's side of the Lexus. Mrs. Case, the former Frances Clinton (born June 6, 1935), sustained moderate injuries. Ross was uninjured.[2]

Services were held on May 15, 2007, at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe. Interment was at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton near Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana. In addition to his wife, Case was survived by six children, Mike Case of Carson City, Nevada; Connie Case Barton and husband Jerry of Studio City, California; Cindy Case of Golden, Colorado, Craig Case and wife Tami of Bluffton, South Carolina, Barry Case and wife Stella of Elizabeth, Colorado, and Susan Case Liggin and husband Samuel, Sr., of West Monroe. He also had a surviving sister, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.[1]

Roy Frostenson, a spokesman for KNOE, described Case as a familiar face to area viewers and "one of the mainstays of the early years at KNOE," begun by its namesake, the interim Louisiana Governor James Albert Noe, Sr. (1890-1976).[2]

Case was the third prominent Louisiana journalist to die unexpectedly between April 14 and May 10, 2007. John LaPlante, Jr., the Capitol Bureau Chief of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate died from a swimming accident at Galveston, Texas, on April 14. Tim Greening, humor columnist with The Shreveport Times, died on April 18 of an apparent heart attack at the age of thirty-eight.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ken Case obituary, The Monroe News-Star, May 14, 2007; archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Former newsman dies in fatal wreck," The Monroe News-Star, May 11, 2007. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.