Kenneth R. Whiting
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Whiting, Kenneth R.
Well known oilman, Kenneth R. Whiting, died peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 18, 2014, at age 86. Ken was the founder of Whiting Petroleum Corp in 1980, and continued until recently as Director. He was President and Chief Executive of the company from 1980 to 1993 when he was appointed Vice-President of international business for IES Diversified, the former parent company's predecessor. From 1978 to later 1979, he served as President of Webb Resources, Inc. Ken had years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, including positions as Executive Vice-President and Director of Ladd Petroleum Corp. Before embarking in the oil business, Ken was a partner in the law firm of Holme, Roberts and Owen in Denver. For many years, Ken was a Director of United Banks of Colorado, Inc., a Director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and a Director of the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States. A devotee of classical music, Ken was a life trustee of the Aspen Music Festival, and a former trustee of the Denver Symphony and Colorado Opera. He served for many years as a trustee of the University of Denver. Ken received his bachelors degree in business from the University of Colorado, and his J.D., cum laud, from the University of Denver. He was a member of the Denver Club, the Denver Petroleum Club, Cherry Hills Country Club, and the Denver Country Club. Ken was born in Windsor, Colorado, but raised in Wyoming. He is survived by his wife Kay, two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Thomas, daughter Kathy Overskei, step-daughter Keevie Silvay, a sister Janie, and 8 grandchildren. Ken requested that no services be held. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests contribution to the Aspen Music Festival.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 30, 2014.
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April 2, 2014
Kay, I'm thinking of you at this time of the Greeks say.."May His Memory Be Eternal." Amy Theodore
April 2, 2014
Greg and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take good care.
Kate Hurley Morton
March 30, 2014
Hi Kay
Sorry to learn of Ken's passing. Have such wonderful memories of you and find it strange to connect this way.
Karen Carey
March 30, 2014
Uncle Ken and my mother, Janie ~ 1938
It was my honor knowing Uncle Ken. He was an inspiration and a wonderful person.
Bobbie Whitescarver
March 30, 2014
Hello Kay,
I read the news in the Post and found Keevie on FB and sent her a message. So sorry about your loss. Al and I still live in Lkwd and I would love to connect. Karen Carey and I see each other often.
Sally and Al Ayers
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