Kenneth Gene Porche

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Service Information
Reis Family Mortuary and Crematory
991 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

Kenneth Gene Porche passed peacefully in the early hours of July 8, 2017, with his family close. Ken was the only child born to Joseph Elmer and Edna Fay Porche, on January 1, 1928. As a child, and young man, he enjoyed many trips to visit his relatives and extended family in Sulphur, Shreveport, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and to his grandparents' farm outside of Edna, Texas. Upon graduation from St. Thomas High in Houston, Texas, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany at the conclusion of WWII. He was honorably discharged on March 26, 1948. Ken then returned home to his family and his high school sweetheart, Ruby Jane. Ken and Ruby were married on June 5, 1948 while Ken was completing his Bachelor Degree as one of the first graduates from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. While attending college and starting a family, Ken took a part-time job working for the Florsheim Shoe Company. Upon graduation, Ken was offered a full-time position with Florsheim in Chicago, where the young family moved in the early 1950's. With his natural talent, dedication, hard work and outgoing personality, Ken was quickly promoted. By his mid-twenties, Ken became manager of one of the company flagship stores in Chicago. Within a few years, Ken was transferred to the Los Angeles area, where the company was rapidly expanding. In the 1960's, the family relocated to San Jose, California, where Ken took a position working as "Sales Representative" with Jarman Shoe Company, and later Herman Boot Company. As the family continued to grow, Ken wanted to spend more time at home with Ruby and their five children. As fate would have it, Ken and Ruby were fortunate to be offered the opportunity to purchase "Charles Shoes" from his good friend, Charles Weisman. In February 1966 they relocated the family to San Luis Obispo, which has been their home for the past fifty-one years. Moving to San Luis Obispo offered many opportunities for Ken to serve his community. During the 60s, 70s and 80s while Ken and Ruby grew their business, he was a member of many boards and committees. He was a founding member and past president of the Downtown Association (formerly the BIA). Ken advised on many downtown projects such as the Mission Plaza and the parking structures that dot the downtown area. Ken and Ruby discovered a new passion for travel, taking numerous trips abroad, never losing their deep love and devotion for one another. As a lifelong devout Catholic, Ken attended 7:00 am Mass daily at the Old Mission Church. Ken served with numerous priests throughout the last half- century and often delivered communion to the elderly and those who were hospital bound. Ken was truly a good man, generous, kind of heart, a loyal husband and mentor to his children.He loved and practiced his faith both in words and deeds. We will remember him in our lives and keep him in our hearts forever. The family would like to thank his doctors Bagheri, Penton, Nooristani, Gealy, Heeg and the staff at DaVita for their care and support. We would also like to thank Carol, his caregiver, for her tireless energy and devotion. Ken is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruby; his five children: Pamela, Ken Jr. (Debbie), Cyndi (David), Suzette (Dave) and Joe (Sharon); ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sons-in-law: Bob Evans and Dan Ashley. A Vigil will be held at 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Reis Mortuary in San Luis Obispo. A Mass will be offered at 10:00 am, Friday, July 21st, at the Old Mission Church, San Luis Obispo. Private burial will be held following Mass, with a Celebration of Ken's Life at Madonna Inn. In lieu of flowers you are welcome to donate to Unbound or any charity close to your heart. Sign his guestbook at
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on July 16, 2017
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