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1939 - 2013
We lost our beloved husband, dad, grandfather, brother and friend. Ken died peacefully at home. He was surrounded by his loving family after he lost his battle with cancer. In the weeks prior to his death, Ken had many visitors who enjoyed his conversations, quick wit and shared memories. Every moment with him was a gift.
Ken was born on July 26, 1939 in Akron, Ohio.
Survived by his wife Donna; siblings: Jack, Bill, Jeff, Bob, and Tami; children: Kirt, Kelly, and Keri; precious Grandchildren: Ryan, Cody, Kenny, Brayden, Cameron, Sawyer, Sydney, Zach, Angelina, Max; and many nephews and nieces.
Ken proudly served in the US Army, stationed in Germany from September 1957 to September 1960.
He loved the thrill of being a "Motorcycle Cop" for the City of Pasadena Police Department.
He continued his police career in Novato, Calif., and Sausalito, Calif. Later, he owned and operated Butterfly Bend Press Print shop.
BPOE, Novato Elks Lodge #2655 was his cherished community service. He devoted many hours reaching the esteemed position of what we affectionately called the "Grand Poo Pa."
The family moved to Auburn in 1993, and he started "Laundry Quarters," a Laundromat in Grass Valley, Calif.
His remaining years were filled with poker, golf, and boating. His favorite activity was watching his grandchildren play sports, especially Bear River Baseball. He entertained family and friends with his comic sense of humor. He was always ready to help others with his welcoming smile and sparkling blue eyes.
Ken was called "Grandpa" by more children and adults to even count!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Ken's name to
Kenneth Ankeny Memorial Fund
El Dorado Savings Bank
10612 Combie Road
Auburn, CA 95602
A tree will be planted at Ken's favorite morning gathering place, with a Memorial Placard in his name, for the community to enjoy.
Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother and Friend. "Love you, Rest in Peace."
Published in Auburn Journal from Nov. 26 to Dec. 26, 2013