Kenneth C. Jost Sr.

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Kenneth Clyde Jost, Sr. "Ken", devoted husband and father passed away peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas on November 1, 2011. He was born on a wheat and cattle farm near Lehigh and Hillsboro, Kansas on February 15th, 1920, to the late Daniel S. Jost and Martha Scheikosky. For grades one through eight, he attended a one room schoolhouse where his transportation was by horse. He attended and graduated from Lehigh High School where he excelled in academics, basketball and singing in 1938.

Ken enlisted in the U.S. Navy days before Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941 and was sent to the U.S. Naval Training Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He was honored to be selected to sing as a tenor in the U.S. Navy Glee Club that broadcast patriotic songs via the radio every weekend. Ken's parents made sure all family and friends had their radios tuned to Chicago. He received the highest rating possible for an enlisted man, that of Chief Quartermaster. Ken served his four-year tour throughout World War II as a Quartermaster on two small ships; a Patrol Craft Submarine Chaser in the Atlantic and a Minesweeper in the Pacific.

Starting in 1942, Ken wooed and won the love of his life, Jean Elisabeth Bartel (Betty) by U.S. Mail including his proposal and her acceptance. In 1943 during a ten-day pass, he married his sweetheart and loved her with all his heart for 68 years. With the signing of the Armistice with Japan came the opportunity for discharge. Three days after he left his minesweeper to come home, the ship was sunk in the Okinawa typhoon, and lost one third of the crew. Ken had managed to slip the ship's flag in his knap sack and was approved at discharge stateside to keep the only remaining part of his ship.

Ken enrolled in the School of Engineering at University of Kansas in Lawrence two weeks after returning to civilian life. During the 4 years in Lawrence, not only did he attend class but he and Betty built a small house that still stands today. He wrote a paper in freshman composition class, titled Last Voyage-A World War II Tragedy that became a primary focus 50 years later and was published Fall 2005 in The Silent Defenders, the official publication of the Naval Minewarfare Association. He was elected to an honorary fraternity, Pi Tau Sigma and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ken worked for Ethyl Corporation for 35 years and served as Manager of Sales Promotion and Safety. He was noted for his dynamic presentations and organizing programs for customers to do their own safety inspections of their refineries. During his career, he and Betty lived in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, New York City, Beaumont, Detroit and Houston and they raised a family of three sons.

After retirement, Ken and Betty lived in their self-built dream home in Montgomery, TX, where Ken continued working as a petrochemical consultant and expert witness. He also managed a local utility district. Ken's professional excellence was surpassed by his dedication to and love for his family. His marriage to Betty exemplified mutual respect and love, a unified concern for and willingness to help others, and a pure enjoyment of simply being together. He was THE VERY BEST husband, father, and grandfather. His hobbies included working in his wood shop, playing bridge, and hunting or fishing. He served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church as well as singing in church choirs.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; sons Ken Jr. of Austin, TX and Carl of Morganton, NC, Ken Jr.'s wife, Norma, and their two children, Daniel and Michael. He is survived by his youngest brother Gordon and sister-in-law Faye, of Tulsa, OK, brother-in-law Monroe Suderman (Dutch) of Oshkosh, WI, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his youngest son, David, his sister Ruth Suderman, brother Orville Jost and sister-in-law Eloise Eitzen Jost.

Ken lived his life to his dying breath believing "Under all Circumstances, be Positive." A celebration of Ken's life will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. with First Presbyterian Church Pastor Terrance Sherry officiating, at the French Quarter's Clubroom, 2211 North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth Clyde Jost, Sr.'s name to the First Presbyterian Church Music Department ( ) or Hospice Austin ( Arrangements by Heart of Texas.

Published on from Nov. 4 to Nov. 17, 2011
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