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KENNETH WILLIAM VERGE


1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
KENNETH WILLIAM VERGE Obituary
January 25, 1928 -
September 8, 2018

Ken Verge, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a loving husband, father, grandfather, sail-boater, inventor, engineer and WWII Veteran, died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 8, 2018 at the age of 90.

Ken is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirlee. He was the father of 5: Bill (Colleen) Verge of Chelsea, MI; Nona (Clayton) Nishina of Kealakekua, HI; Tom (Cindy) Verge of Mount Vernon, WA; Pete (Bonnie) Verge of Mount Vernon, WA; and Peggy Fletcher who died in 2015. Ken was also the grandfather of 12: Kyle & Joey Verge; Kelsi Nishina; Cora Whitney & Emma Verge; Nathaniel, Lucas & Zachary Verge; and Brandon DeCocq, Jackie Pittman & Michelle Flynn. He was also the great-grandfather of 4. Ken was brother-in-law to Bill (Abby) Martin and uncle to Kendal (Noel) Novarra and Jan (Brian) Elchison.

Ken enlisted in the US Navy at 17 before the end of WWII with the goal of flying from aircraft carriers in the Pacific. The war ended before that dream was fulfilled, but the GI Bill helped him become an automotive and aeronautical engineer, working in the Detroit, MI area.

Ken moved to Skagit County with his family in 1972 to be the Director of Engineering at Skagit Corporation in Sedro-Woolley. He taught the family how to sail the San Juans in their Ericson 30. He was also an inventor holding 10+ patents in the area of automotive, airplane and marine engineering. As a life-long liberal Democrat and union supporter, it's rumored he never voted for a Republican, but that, of course, can't be verified.

Ken was extremely smart and inquisitive, often stubborn, sometimes argumentative, but always a loving husband, father and friend. He will be missed.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at Where The Heart Is assisted living facility in Burlington, WA for their support, love and concern for Ken, creating a home for him in his later years. Special thanks there to Maria Swift and Joanne Ozaki-Moore.

At Ken's request, no public service will be held. Any donations should be made to the kind-hearted and remarkable people at Hospice of the Northwest in Mount Vernon, WA who made Ken's final weeks peaceful and full of love.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, 2018
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