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Kenneth J. Berchtold


1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth J. Berchtold Obituary
December 19, 1937 - November 29, 2016 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Ken passed away on November 29th due to complications from a long-term illness. Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; sons, Michael (wife Trish) and Joseph (wife Lorraine); daughters, Heidi (husband Scot) and Tracey (husband Patrick); grandchildren, Greg, Katie, Amy, Gabi, Jacob, Hayden, Ryan, Amanda, Tyler, Kiera, and Saoirse; and brothers, Jim (wife Amy) and Don (wife Joey). Ken was the oldest son of Joseph and Helen Berchtold and grew up in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Post high school, Ken attended Saint Martin's College in Washington. After graduating from college, he spent his career as a finance executive in the aerospace industry, including over 25 years with Northrop Grumman. Throughout his life, Ken enjoyed adventure and travel -- at sea (aboard the Toi and Proper Toi) and on road trips with Mary Anne (aboard the Proper Toi III & IV). He was an avid sports fan and long-time supporter of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers. Ken passionately followed current events, especially related to business and politics. He also treasured his involvement as a trustee at Saint Martin's and many close relationships from his alma mater. More than anything, though, Ken loved spending time with his family and friends. Ken will be dearly missed by his loved ones. He always had a ready smile, encouraging words and was a man of tremendous generosity and integrity. Ken was a dedicated, life-long Catholic with a strong faith and great love of God. A vigil and rosary will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, December 2nd and a memorial mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, December 3rd at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be directed in Ken's memory to Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2016
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