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Bengford, Kenneth A.

Kenneth A. Bengford (1929-2013) passed away July 1st at his home in South Pasadena, California. Ken was born October 14th 1929 in Odebolt, Iowa (population 1004). His father, Bernard, was a WWI veteran who died of pneumonia in 1938, the day before Ken would make his First Communion. Raised by a single-mother in a humble two-story home with thirteen children during the Great Depression. Ken was a student-athlete (football) at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he played for revered coach, George Allen, who would later coach the Washington Redskins. Ken was the 1951 Defensive MVP of the now dissolved North Central Conference, but never told his children this. He served domestically in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, both in New Mexico and at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas. He was a lifeguard at Fort Bliss and studied nuclear detonations in the deserts of New Mexico. Kenneth was a high school teacher for the Los Angeles city schools for thirty-five years, both at Eagle Rock and Hamilton High School, respectively. Subjects taught included History, Career Planning, and Driver's Education. Ken taught and coached high school football early on in Three Rivers Michigan and enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball in South Pasadena for many years. He met Kathryn Ann (Daily) Bengford of Spencer, Iowa and they married in 1957 and raised six children in South Pasadena. Both had advanced degrees, Ken in Physical Education and Ann in Nursing. Ken's hobbies included: planting and grafting fruit trees, raising fruits and vegetables (especially grapes and tomatoes), keeping bees, playing the Button Box Accordion and listening to polka music, bridge, philosophy, classical music, reading, saying hi to folks, and learning how to fly a Cessna at the El Monte Airport. Disciplined, caring, and thrifty, he awoke at 5 a.m. one Sunday per month to buy boxes of produce for the family at the Downtown L.A. industry farmer's market. He loved working each summer at the Catholic Daughters of America "Teresita Pines Camp" for girls near Wrightwood, CA in the Angeles Crest National Forest. Beloved as "Mr. Ken" by the campers and counselors, he once bought some seventy campers pizza when the food for their overnight camping hike was soiled in transport. He also enjoyed walking his faithful dog "Bogy" around the public library and up Meridian Ave. in South Pasadena. He was a great Dad and friend and his children never lacked. He is survived by his children Patrick Joseph (Krista Hass) and their children, Mario, Matthew, Anne-Marie and David; Michael Anthony "Tony", Catherine Ann (John Moss) and daughters Natalie "Tally" and Marie; Christopher Dailey (Katie) and son Bradley Patrick; Phillip James and Timothy John. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathryn Ann (Daily) May 27, 1998. Services were held at Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena on Monday July 8th at 10:00am. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 9, 2013
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