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Kenneth L. Hepner


1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
1930 ~ 2018
The world lost an amazing man on April 23, 2018. Kenneth L. Hepner passed away after a short illness. Ken was born in Bend, Oregon on August 5, 1930. He was a pioneer in business aviation flying the first corporate Learjet in Salt Lake City in 1968. He married Barbara Barlow in 1974 whom he met while they both flew for Jelco, Inc. and where they shared the love and passion of flying. In the late 70's he and Barbara founded and operated Barken International, a private aviation jet charter company. Ken's passion was his love of teaching and changing the trajectory of many young pilots. He spent countless hours training young pilots into very successful people. Ken was awarded the most prestigious FAA Master Pilot Award for over 50 years of accident free flying. Ken loved his wife "Barbie" and all his children beyond belief along with his puppies, Katie and Cami.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Laura Hepner, his siblings, his son Kelley Robert Hepner and his daughter Lori Rex. Ken is survived by his wife Barbara Hepner, and children Kathy Rae Smith, Constance Elaine Buckley, Trudy (Javier) Guerricabeitia, Kevin (Michelle) Ames, Kenneth R. (Lori) Hepner, Jodee (Bret) Morgan, Cory (Pam) Barlow and Rod (Jamie) Barlow and seventeen grand-children, twenty four great grand-children and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful where a viewing will be held Monday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and Tuesday morning 11:45 am - 12:45 pm prior to services. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2018
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