Ken was a great guy to know. Always had a great attitude and was a great teacher to us at Bargreen Ellingson.
I also loved the fact that he was one that could come up with more one liner comebacks than I could, and that is saying a lot :)...I still use many of them today.
Ken will be missed and I am sure he is making someone laugh above with his witty ways.
I can think of a handful of people whose influence changed the way I think and the way I see the world. Ken was one of those people. I often sought out his opinions on a myriad of subjects and his insight was always rational and humorous. I worked with him for many years and even though he retired, he never left my thoughts. I'm reminded of him every time I come in to work. He made me a better person and I am grateful to have known him.
Jeannie - I know from the stories you've shared with us at work, Ken was an amazing, funny and dedicated husband and father. Lean on your family and friends for strength and remember how much we all care about you. Hugs.
When thinking about Ken I think of 4th of Julys,Kalalochs,and Tokelands,mostly.When I first met Ken and Jeannie it was in the mid 80s.I took to him right away.His merits I am pretty sure were many but,his happy and fun way about him are what I liked most.Just the joy in his laugh makes me tear up thinking about it.I will always be thankful for having known him and sharing so many great memories with him and Jeannie.I want to be Ywhere he is when I get there.Your forever friend, Ray Richardson
Jeannie & Perry-
My heart goes out to you both. I knew Ken had been ill, but thought there would be plenty of time to visit after he felt a little better. It is a good lesson to not take life for granted. I am so glad we saw Ken this summer and had a good visit.
I have known Ken since late high school, early college years, when he snd Jeannie started dating. Ken will always remind me of Kalaloch and Tokeland and clam digging, pictionary games, cards, and good times. We had so many wonderful times together. We did our share of camping, baseball games, volleyball games, and sitting around the fire. I always have to laugh when I remember the time he got angry with Stuart for cheating at pictionary. It was unusual to see Ken angry. Of couse, it did not any good to say or do anything to Stuart - he was always going to try and get away with whatever he could.
And I won't soon forget Ken and Jeannie and Amos when they lived down in Auburn. You had to go through Ken and Jeannie's bedroom to get to the bathroom and if you stayed all night and they were sleeeping, it was not an easy task to get by Amos. He was a great guard dog and although he was just a poodle, he knew how to keep me in my place!
Ken had such a dry sense of humor - I always had to stop and think twice about things he said. But he had the greatest laugh and smile! He was very knowledgeable about a wide variety of things.
I will miss Ken very much. Jeannie, take care of yourself and call me whenever you feel like it! I love you.