Kenneth Allen Ward: 1918-2019
Last updated 5/29/2019 at Noon
Kenneth Allen Ward (Ken) passed away at age 101 on May 15th in Edmonds, Washington.
Ken was born in Helena, Montana, on April 28, 1918, to Helen and Si Ward. He later moved to Oakland, California, and graduated from Oakland High School in 1936. Ken married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine Keenan, in Oakland in 1940, and they were married for 66 years until her death in 2006.
Ken began his military career in the National Guard prior to World War II, which lead to a long and successful career in the Army. He retired as a full colonel in 1972 after nearly 36 years of combined service. He was a veteran of World War II, in the Aleutian Islands, and of Vietnam.
Other overseas assignments included Norway, as a military attaché, and in both Taiwan and Iran as a senior military advisor. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 while in the Army. Among his over eight stateside assignments were the Pentagon, and as the Inspector General at Fort Lewis, Washington, from which he retired.
After retirement, Ken and Geraldine moved to Rancho Penasquitos, California, where they were active in the community, and became avid golfers and world travelers. In 1991, they moved to University Place, Washington, where they were closer to their children and grandchildren and continued their active lives and travels.
Ken spoke Norwegian from his tour in Norway and loved the chance to speak it when he could. Late in life, he discovered an artistic talent that amazed family and friends, and he even sold a couple of his watercolors that had been entered in the Edmonds Art Show.
Ken lived at Edmonds Landing and participated in many of the activities there, especially art classes, bingo, poker, and his beloved Friday evening happy hours with his friends. Ken thrived at Edmonds Landing, and his family is grateful for the caring management and staff that helped make his later years so happy and comfortable.
Ken will be remembered as a loving, wise and witty father and grandfather, as a gentleman, and as a kind and generous friend. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law Vikki and Pete Nelson; son and daughter-in-law Gregg and Ellen Ward; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Diane Ward; and daughter and son-in-law Karine and Dean Cariou.
He also had 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved, cherished and was so very proud of.
Ken is predeceased by his wife, Geraldine Marie Keenan.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 30th, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.