Kenneth Reber Week|
Passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Issaquah home on the morning of Sunday, July 20th. He was 94 years of age.
Ken was born on April 12, 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Maie Van Slyke and Erling Week. He was raised in Oakland, California and graduated from Oakland High School. He also attended the University of California at Berkeley. He married Jean Cowden on July 18, 1941.
Ken had a life-long love of the Sierras. He spent the summers of his youth hiking and camping with his brothers in Yosemite, and later built his family a cabin in Sierra gold country. He was a First Lieutenant and instructor pilot in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, and later a pilot in the USAF Reserves. He was not only in the first group of pedestrians to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge when it opened, but also once flew under it in his airplane (and got away with it!). He worked at the General Motors Fremont plant for 35 years.
Ken's brother Andy, sister Kay, brother Erling, Jr., wife Jean, and granddaughter Wendy preceded him in death. He is survived by his son Ken, Jr. (Wendy) of Tigard, Oregon; his daughter Faye Douglass (Ron) of Redmond, Washington; grandsons Andy and Marc; granddaughters Tori and Jessie; great-granddaughters Tiana, Marlo and Emmeline; and great-grandson Ethan. His family, friends and neighbors of the past 11 years at Providence Point, and his caregivers of the past four years, Marsha Door and George Powell, will all miss him dearly.
The family suggests remembrances in Ken's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Friends are invited to share memories, sign the family's on-line guest book and review updated memorial service information at
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 3, 2014