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Ken Hinderleiter

Ken Hinderleiter

Ken learned to play the organ at 90 years young and loves to play for an audience. A modest philanthropist, Ken has support many organizations such as Camp Kids, Boy Scouts, Prescott Strings, Angel Tree, APH... and many others.

Ken Hinderleiter was born in 1914 in Toledo, OH. He became visually impaired after contracting measles as an infant. Ken's vision slowly deteriorated and he became completely blind in 1966. According to Ken, losing his sight slowly gave him a chance to adjust and become comfortable with his loss of vision. Ken is very independent and loved to travel in his younger days. In particular, he enjoyed spending time in Arizona with his family and eventually moved to Phoenix in 1959.

In 1947, Ken's mother opened her dream business, the Valley Pie Company in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a family run business and a local favorite for 63 years. Ken enjoyed helping his mother with the business and soon realized he had a knack for numbers. So Ken started investing in real estate and the stock market and became quite the successful business man.

Ken married Elizabeth 'Betty' in 1962 and was married for 43 wonderful years. After losing his wife in 2005 due to injuries from a house fire, Ken had little choice but to move to an assisted living facility. It was at this point in life that he found the joy of music and taught himself to play the organ. Ken enjoyed playing so much that he decided to buy two organs designed especially for him - one for his apartment and one for the community room. Now, every day at 3pm, you will find him playing to a dedicated audience who come to hear the beautiful sounds of Ken playing his organ.

Ken has been a subscriber to Reader's Digest® talking magazine for decades. In 2007, Ken wanted to make a difference in another way besides his annual donation. After hearing about an APH charitable gift annuity, he knew it was a good option. Ken was able to give back to an organization he so greatly admired, while receiving a steady income.