KENNETH WALTER BERNER, 88, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013. Born Feb. 28, 1925, in Fort Wayne, he was the oldest son of pharmacist Walter and homemaker and seamstress Emilie Berner. Ken attended Concordia Lutheran High School, and was later drafted into the Army during World War II. Ken attended Purdue University
, and received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, joining International Harvester. He married Sharon Faurote in 1957, and had three daughters, Mary Beth (Ken) Monnier, Becki (Mike) Wolfe and Kim (Jon) Thurlow. Ken continued his employment with IH, advancing in various management positions until his retirement after 31 years in 1976. Ken divorced in 1982. Ken enjoyed living on the water, and had a summer home on Coldwater Lake, Michigan, with his Florida home as his base. Ken met Qui Danh Huynh in 1983, and they married in 1986. Ken and Qui enjoyed 27 wonderful wedded years together, traveling, golfing, volunteering time to help others, spending time with friends, and visiting with their combined family which had grown to six children including Khoa (Chi) Huynh, Khoi (Olga) Huynh and Alice Huynh; nine grandchildren, Lou, Kay (Mike), Ken, Katie, Will, Emilie, Ian, Bryant, and Sarah; and one great-grand-daughter, Lydia. Throughout his life Ken remained strong in his faith in God, and always appreciative of his many blessings, including his loving wife, Qui. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, July, 27, 2013, at The Lamb of God Church, Haines City, followed by a reception to celebrate his life.