Kenneth C. Biester
Jun.21, 1939~Apr.29, 2013
Resident of Saratoga
Ken passed away peacefully Monday evening, April 29th, after a short battle with an infection and complications of Parkinson's. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the only child of Alfred and Elisa Biester. He was raised in Gary, and graduated from Purdue University, where he met and married his wife of 51 years, Sue.
Ken began his career in Human Resources at Boeing, in Seattle and New Orleans. He subsequently moved to the Bay Area to work first, for Fairchild, and later for several other valley companies. His assignments that included handling international human resources whetted his appetite for travel, which he enjoyed throughout his life. He especially enjoyed taking cruises and getting to explore many different parts of the world. He loved Chinese food and was known to somewhat surprise others when he headed for the Asian section of breakfast buffets at hotels.
Ken served for many years on the Saratoga Public Safety Commission and most recently on the Saratoga Traffic Safety Commission. He was an active member of Saratoga Rotary, for which he served several years as Membership Chair. He was also a member of several bay area Human Resources professional societies. He was a member of the Board of Trustees as St. Luke Lutheran church and a regular "cook" at the monthly Saturday morning family breakfast prepared by the men. He always enjoyed their yearly barbecues where he could be found busily flipping hamburgers and hot dogs.
Ken enjoyed computers (he got his first Apple II in the late 1970s) and recently enjoyed his IPad and IPhone. He enjoyed tinkering around the house, and fishing, especially at the high mountain lakes east of Yosemite.
Ken will be remembered for his always positive outlook that endured even during his long battle with Parkinson's as well as his sense of humor.
Ken will be missed by his wife Sue, sons Bill (Mary) and Mike (Jene) as well as his 4 grandchildren, Ben, Joe, Paige and Nathan.
A Celebration of Ken's life will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1025 The Dalles in Sunnyvale on Friday, May 10 at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St. Luke or the Saratoga Rotary Foundation.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 5, 2013