Pesch, Kenneth

PESCH, KEN WSeptember 27, 1917 – September 15, 2013
at the age of 95 years

Ken passed away at the age of 95 on Sept.15, 2013 at Bastion Place in Salmon arm after complications from hip surgery.

Ken was born Sept.27, 1917 in Venice, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1936 and went to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers War Department in 1937 as a surveyor. In 1944 Ken was working in Edmonton on the construction of the  Namao Air Force Base. It was at this time that he met Honor. They were married in June of 1944 and were together for 65 years. Ken joined the US Army in 1945 and was stationed in the Philippines with the occupational forces.

Ken and Honor moved to Canoe in 1946. Ken worked for Federated Co-op for 20 years until his retirement in 1973. They moved across the lake then and spent their summers on the Shuswap and their winters in warmer climates.

Ken was predeceased by his wife Honor in 2010  and by his daughter Frances in 2011.

He is survived by his children – Jane, Marshall (Gloria), and Oliver (Sharon). He is survived by four grandchildren – Jennifer (Troy), Ken (Rowena), Megan (Tom), and Nicole (Eric). He is also survived by four great grandchildren – Matthew, Annah, Hannah, and Benjamin.

At Ken’s request no funeral service will be held. There will be a private memorial held at a later date.

We would like to express our appreciation to the3rd floor medical staff at VernonJubileeHospital for their care and attention following Ken’s surgery. We would also like to extend our thanks to Dr. Grieve and to the nursing staff at Bastion Place for making Ken’s last days comfortable.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


  1. Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I remember many a great time with both Ken and Honor. Take care.

  2. I was sad to see Ken picture in the paper. My sincerest condolences to a very lovely family – Honor and Frances and Ken. Blessings and comfort to the family.


  3. Marshall and family,

    I am thinking of you and sending my condolences at this very difficult time.
    I did not know your father personally, but Dan and his parents spoke fondly of your Mom and Dad often.

  4. To the Pesch family… so so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad…
    He and your Mom were both well respected people and cared &
    loved by the Allen family… So sad I did not stop there this summer
    to say hi to him… Bless you all…. take care…. Jackie

  5. To the lovely Pesch family … sending hugs and condolences after receiving the sad news that Ken has passed. He was such a prince, I really adored him.
    It was such a privelege to spend time with all of you, and your Dad and Mom. They were the finest of people. I am touched always by the warm memories. Miss you guys a lot, and always want the very best for you.
    Hope everyone is OK, even though there is sadness at this time.


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