Ken Albrecht 1946 – 2021


Kenneth A. Albrecht, age 74, of Temple, Texas passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home in Temple. He was born on December 13, 1946 in Alton, Illinois, the son of Albert and Marie (Hawkins) Albrecht.

Ken was a 1964 graduate of EHS in Edwardsville, IL and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1968. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972, and went on to join the corporate world as an executive for several different companies. His career took him to Kentucky, Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas, and eventually Texas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belton. Ken was fortunate enough to be able to retire at age 58 and enjoyed using his time to entertain family and friends. He loved to cook for everybody and wouldn’t have it any other way.

He is survived by his wife Judy of Temple, a sister Alice Maedge and husband Bill of Belton, Missouri, sisters-in law Joan Baker of Jefferson City, Missouri and Renee Allen and husband Steve of Temple, Texas, nieces and nephews, Marsha Vest of Belton, Missouri, Jill Findley and husband Eric of Linn Creek, Missouri, Kris Ellsworth and husband John Dickshot of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Kurt Ellsworth and wife Janel of Edwardsville, Illinois, Tad Allen and wife Kaci of Temple, Texas, and Samantha Allen-Bigott and husband Chris of Belton, Texas, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by a son Carter Albrecht, his parents Albert and Marie Albrecht, brothers-in-law Steve Ellsworth and Gary Baker, sister-in-law Rae Ellsworth, nephew Scott Baker, and mother-in-law and father-in-law Ralph and Twila Ellsworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation.

Carter’s songs reach new audiences

Thanks to Max Hartman, a couple of Carter’s compositions were performed live in 2017. With Carter’s former Sparrows bandmate Brant J. Cole in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District, and as the leader of his band Mur at The Kessler, Max has learned and played a couple of Carter songs at recent gigs. This video of his performance of “Rome” was recorded April 9 at The Live Oak in Fort Worth by Michael David Pyeatt.

Update on Abbie’s efforts and Change the World Volume 1

Dave Little (left) and Abbie with Carter's father, Ken, at the Kessler Theater on Sept 6, 2012.

Dave Little (left) and Abbie with Carter’s father, Ken, at the Kessler Theater on Sept 6, 2012.

Today, from Abbie’s Eye on the Sparrow blog:
“It’s been a big year so far.  Donating over $4,000 has been possible because the number of stores has doubled.  The number of pieces sold through has been over 1,000.  The killer mojo of a rockstar is something people want to get a hold of.  Anybody is a rockstar.  The willingness to try does that.  It’s not succeeding that matters.  There’s something happening.”

As reported here in September, Abbie enlisted local music producer Salim Nourallah to help her compile volume one in what promises to be a series of cd’s featuring Metroplex area songwriters and groups. To celebrate the release, she organized a wonderful night of music at the historic Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, featuring Salim and a handful of the other acts on the release. Abbie gave away Change the World Volume One for free with paid admission. Since then, in her own words, “over 1,000 CD’s have been given out.  CD’s are in Australia, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and all over the United States.  So many CD’s have been given out that I had to order another 1,000 copies…”

That’s fantastic news! We at the CAMF congratulate Abbie on the increasing success of her small business through her unwavering dedication to help the foundation help others. Thank you Abbie!