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Ken Hannon, 80, a long-time Mount Vernon resident, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
He was born in Chicago, IL February 7, 1934 to James and Julia Hannon.
Ken was in the U.S. Navy 1952-56 where he served in Korea. Because Ken preferred to learn other people's stories rather than tell his own, not much is known about his Navy service or the time leading up to his working at Walt Hougen's Carpet Center sometime in the early 1970's.
In 1978 Ken began working as a salesman at Don's Floor Service, which later became Mount Vernon Carpet Center, owned by Don Wetsch and Tom Brown, they and another good friend, Mike Brannan shared many good times, and a few bad, with Ken. Ken Left the Mount Vernon Carpet Center in 1993 to begin his own business, Window Dressing, but worked with Tom and Don occasionally until his full retirement in 2009.
Though Ken did not have any surviving relatives (aside from his cat, Little-Bit), he had become a part of the family and extended families of his good friends Kraig and Kathy Rosencrantz and their children Jacob, Samantha and Paul. We thought we adopted him, but he told others that he adopted us. He was family.
Ken, an avid golfer, celebrated his 80th birthday with many friends at the Similk Golf Course clubhouse on Saturday, February 8th, just days before his unexpected passing. After that celebration, he wrote two notes to himself, the first; a reminder to send thank you cards to Kraig, Kat, Paul and Nancy, Tom and Robin, Lisa, Debbie and Virginia. Because he wasn't able to get the cards sent, and he was always faithful to send thank you cards, please consider this his card of thanks so he can rest easy. His last written note is as follows: "Life is a series of memories. One of my favorite memories will be my 80th birthday party."
Ken will be buried near friends in the Veteran's section of the Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley.
As he had such a memorable and happy gathering with so many friends seeing him vibrant and joyful, there will not be a memorial service.
Ken used a lot of blood over the last few years and he was always thankful to those anonymous donors. If you can, donating blood would be an honorable memorial to Ken.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 19, 2014