Ken passed away peacefully in hospital after a lengthy illness. He was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy (Dolly) and younger brother Glen.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy, sisters Marian and Jean, daughter Dorothy Ann (Art) sons Keith (Sharon), Michael (Pat), Stephen (Barb) stepdaughters Karin (Barry) and Gaynor. Ken will also be remembered by his many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Born in Ontario, Ken was raised in a rural farming community. During the depression he and his younger sister Jean lived and worked at a neighboring farm while his sister Marian and brother Glen stayed with their Mother. Ken volunteered for service during the Second World War and was in London during the bombing. He was on the European Continent for the majority of the war years and was injured during the Italian campaign, an injury from which he never fully recovered. After the armistice Ken returned to Canada, followed by his war bride Dolly and young daughter Dorothy Ann where the life of farming was resumed. In 1947 a devastating fire destroyed the farm and in 1951 Ken and Dolly pulled up stakes and moved across Canada with their growing family that now included young sons Keith and Michael. Arriving in B.C. Ken secured a job with the CPR in Revelstoke and that is where the family settled and Stephen was born. He transferred to Kamloops in 1967 and retired from the CPR in 1970 due to health problems related to the injury that incurred in the War.
Ken enjoyed a long and full retirement. He and Dolly traveled across Canada in a 1964 Chevrolet pulling a 14 foot travel trailer and had the time of their lives. He was always doing something around the house and garden, and created some memorable woodworking creations. While Stephen was still living at home his most enjoyable times were when he and Stephen were on a lake in a small aluminum boat with fishing lines trailing behind.
After Dolly passed away, Nancy filled the empty space in Ken’s heart and together they have shared many wonderful years together.
The family wishes to thank Doctor Dewet, Doctor Hamilton, the Ambulance Service and the staff of Emergency and Floor 3 West. You were always professional but showed concern and compassion for Ken, Nancy and the rest of the family.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Schoening Funeral Chapel on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 1:00 pm with Canon Jack Phelps officiating.
Should friends desire, donations to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated in Ken’s memory.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC, telephone (250) 374 – 1454.