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Kenneth Albert Kaiser


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Albert Kaiser Obituary

Ken was born on January 1, 1933 in Oakland CA. He passed away on August 28, 2015 at Enloe Hospital in Chico. Alert, knowing and with his ever sense of humor, Ken left this life surrounded by his loving wife, family and the compassionate care of medical professionals whom he loved. Ken will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife of 60 years, Doris Kaiser; his sons, Steven Kaiser and Kevin Kaiser; and daughter, Jenelle Ball. Ken was also known as 'Pops' and 'Grandpa K' to a total of 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ken's early years were filled with change. After his father died when Ken was nine, he left Oakland to live in Paradise with his aunt and uncle while attending the Centerville Elementary School. He was reunited with his mother when she moved to Chico. Ken graduated from Chico High School in 1951. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (1958) after a time in the Navy and then a master of arts in education (1969) at CSU Chico. As a freshman at Chico State, Ken was a pitcher on the championship baseball team. He was tagged by the Chico Enterprise-Record as the Wildcat's "spectacular long-wearing veteran." In 2000, Ken was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ken's professional career was in education. He started teaching at the Thermalito Elementary School and later became an administrator in the Wheatland School District for 30 years. He was very active in the Wheatland community, where he served on the City Council and as mayor. After retiring, Ken and Doris moved to Lake Almanor where they continued to be involved in service through their church. Ken switched from baseball to golf, and his spiritual dedication continued to grow.

Ken was a person who truly appreciated people. He was a great listener for his growing children, he was a good friend and a close friend, his arms were always available for a hug, and he knew that a vanilla milk shake could cure all woes (or at least most). He will be sorely missed, but joyfully remembered.

In celebration of Ken's Life, there will be a fellowship of coffee and sweets (his favorites) at 11 o'clock on Saturday, September 12 at the Trinity Methodist Church in Chico. The service of remembrance will follow at 12o'clock. Memorial contributions should be made to your own church, a teacher you know, or the Chico High School Foundation in memory of Ken Kaiser. Please share thoughts and memories of Ken online at nbcfh.com.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 6, 2015
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