Passed away on Nov. 25, 2011, at his home in Dewey, Ariz. He was 87 years old.
Born April 12, 1924, in Maple Rapids, Mich., in 1939 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he
went to high school. In 1942 he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked for Douglas
Aircraft as a machinist. On Dec. 7, 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy. He attended machinist school
in San Diego and received his Machinist Mate Rating. He was later shipped to Pearl Harbor
Submarine Base where he spent 19 months. Later he was sent back to the USA for a 30 day
leave. After his leave he reported to San Bruno, Calif., for Amphibious training. He was shipped
to Okinawa to join Cub 17 Unit and placed on the Naval Supply Base. He remained there for 8
months and then shipped back to the states for discharge. He was proud to serve his country in
the U.S. Navy.
He moved to Culver City, Calif., where he learned to fly and obtained his private license for
flying. He met his wife, Coral Heywood, at the Ingle Aires, formally a USO Center, and asked her
to go flying with him as his first passenger. They were married on Nov. 30, 1947. He obtained a
job at Northrop Aircraft as a Machinist, Tool and Die Maker. He took up electronics at El Camino
College. They moved to Big Bear in 1954 and he worked for Kaiser Cement Plant. After 27 years
he retired from Kaiser Cement as an Instrument Trouble Shooter in the Electric Shop.
Ken joined the Elks in Big Bear Lake in 1977 and transferred to Prescott Valley, Ariz., in 1996.
He served several years on the Big Bear Municipal Water Districtís Citizensí Advisory Committee
representing Division IV. Ken & Coral were one of the first 4 couples in the Dancing Bears. He
enjoyed flying, fishing, roller-skating and square dancing.
Ken was a wonderful husband, father and friend to those who new him. He is survived by his
wife Coral Face, his two daughters, Marilyn Huston and Joan McCune of Big Bear City, along with
six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held on Dec. 18, 2011, at the United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer
Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.