February 9, 1928-February 5, 2019
Ken was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, and loved to talk for hours and hours about his life and adventures there. Body surfing, tea leaf sliding, beach parties with Coca-Cola…all of the joys in paradise when the population was much less than today. He was always proud to tell everyone that his grandfather had the 2nd car on the island of Oahu (the 1st car being owned by the Governor.)
He started school at St. Louis Academy, and was a proud graduate of Punahou, Class of 1946, where he made many lifelong friends who stayed in contact over the years. He was 13 years old during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His friends’ father was an Admiral and they toured Pearl Harbor a few days after, viewing the devastation caused by the Japanese bombs, a view that “lived in his memory forever.” He joined the Army after graduation, and served 18 months “overseas” stationed in Honolulu.
He moved to the States, and identified his passion in petroleum geology. He graduated from the University of Colorado and was mentored by some of the best in the industry. He ventured out on his own in 1969 and was very successful in the field that he loved, and continued to be active in the oil industry his entire life.
Over 25 years ago, Ken discovered another passion in his life. Cruising! He and Joan loved to travel, and have seen a large portion of the world including all seven continents. They sailed almost 800 days on their favorite “small ships” that held 100-300 passengers that could visit more unique ports. They made wonderful friends that would cruise together for several years. He loved being on the sea – and was thrilled when the seas were rough.
Kenny was very strong, generous, and the ultimate gentleman and role model to his friends and family that he adored. He had a unique sense of humor and was filled with stories galore. He was deeply loved, and will be greatly missed.
Aloha and Mahalo, Kenny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.