Kenneth Edgar Kahn
Kenneth (Ken) Edgar Kahn, passed away, peacefully, with his loving wife, Noni, at his bedside in their home in Rancho La Quinta, on Friday, August 12, 2011. Ken had battled cancer for the past two years, never yielding to the relentless pain and inconveniences that this insatiable foe inflicted. His positive attitude was inspiring as was his determination to intellectually understood and aggressively challenge his disease. Unfortunately, he encountered an aggressor that he simply could not defeat. He will be truly missed, particularly his warmth, humor, gregarious nature, intellect, compassion, and, in the end, his courage. Ken was born in 1937 in San Francisco to Anne Kahn, a caring and giving mother, and to Edgar Kahn, his father, a successful stockbroker. He was especially proud of his membership in the Boy Scouts' troop #17 in San Francisco. He had met several of his life-long friends there. It was also the same Scout troop that his father and his uncle, Gus Mierson, had belonged to many years before. After attending Grant School and Lowell High School, both in San Francisco, he attended College of Pacific in Stockton and the University of California at Berkeley. Ken lead an eclectic life, with passionate interests ranging from San Francisco politics and banking TO professional car racing and long-distance cycling TO skiing and competitive swimming TO literature and American politics. After marrying Noni in 1976, they settled in Glen Ellen where Ken coached Sonoma State University swimming teams. For the next 35 years, Ken and Noni were a loving, inseparable couple, with mutual interests in education, tennis, golf, cooking, wine, travel, art, animals, cars and reading. After retiring, they divided their time between, first, Glen Ellen and Bear Valley and, beginning in 2003, between Glen Ellen and La Quinta. Preceded in death by his parents; Ken is survived by his three children, Kenneth, Lisa and Edgar; his two grandchildren; and his loving cousin, Sally Weiner. Ken and Noni were especially appreciative of the special care and dedication provided by the medical professionals and staff on the Eisenhower campus. A Celebration of Life will be held in Rancho La Quinta in the early fall. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be directed to the Eisenhower Medical Foundation, The Living Desert, or to a favorite charity.

Published by The Desert Sun on Aug. 16, 2011.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

13 Entries
Dear Noni,
We have so many wonderful memories of good times with you and Ken.
Here's a toast to you both, with much love, Sue and Holt
Sue and Holt Alden
August 27, 2011
Remember Kenny at Lowell, fun and interesting. Saw him from time to time over the years, always enjoyed him. My husband, John Sutherlin knew him at Cal, and aslo had great memories of him. Peggy Berry (Sutherlin) Lowell1955
Peggy Sutherlin
August 20, 2011
Ken was so fun loving , he will be sorely missed
You two were the most perfect couple,
I am here with love and support, cousin
He was a quality guy, your Ken. I will miss my friend.
much love, Patty
August 20, 2011
Dear Nonie,
We can not fully express our sorrow. We send you hugs and love.
We pray that God will provide you with lots of strength in the coming days. We were blessed to have known Ken.
Love, Noreen and Richard Peschke
August 19, 2011
Noni...The sad news has reached me here in North Carolina. I am so so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. You had a wonderful life together and your precious memories will keep your beloved husband in your heart forever.
Cathy Collins
August 18, 2011
Dear Noni, We are so, so sorry for your loss. We will miss Ken's bright, positive sense of humor and the caring he showed to everyone. He will truly be missed ...our best thoughts, Don & Joyce Barr
Joyce Barr
August 17, 2011
Noni, My heart is with you in your time of loss.
Joan McCue
August 17, 2011
Noni, my deepest sympathy for your loss of Ken.
Patrick Gallagher
August 16, 2011
Dearest Nonita,
What a wonderful text--Geoffrey would have approved of the cravat in the photo--as I have told you, I'm here should you need me. I will miss him so much.
Much love, Larry.
Larry Knowles
August 16, 2011
Dear Noni,

We were saddened to hear of Ken's passing.He fought courageously and with a remarkably positive attitude. He will be missed by his family and friends.

With regret,
Debbie & Marc Breslawsky
August 16, 2011
Dear Noni, Kenny was a huge part of our life during the racing years!
And I don't know if you realize how grateful we were when you came along to make him the happiest person in the world! He will be sorely missed! Nancy & Gordon Mills, Lafayaette, CA
August 16, 2011
Dear Noni,
Ed and I are so very sorry to hear about Ken's passing. He was such a wonderful man, and truly will be missed. Rancho will not be the same without him.
Joni Latek
August 16, 2011

Ola and I are so sorry for your loss.
Sarah Jallinoja
August 16, 2011
Showing 1 - 13 of 13 results