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With World War II about two years old and the Japanese threatening the entire Pacific region, the family moved away from the coast to Yuba City where Ken attended and graduated from High School before being drafted into the U.S. Navy where he served for two years. Following his military service Ken attended Yuba College, San Jose State University and Hastings Law School. During this time his lifelong love of aircraft and flying became the most important aspect of his ambitions. In 1947 he bought, and learned to fly, a Piper Cub at Cheim Field in Marysville. Throughout his life he owned several different kinds of civilian aircraft In addition to building others.
On a touring trip in 1948 to Europe he met a young English girl, Phyllis Cutler, whose family had immigrated to the United States and who was returning on a ship to England on family business. A year later, after Phyllis had returned to the U.S., the pair was married on a Radio Program in Los Angeles. They eventually settled in the Bay area where Ken was able to pursue his flying and began his career with Pan American Airways as a celestial navigator. Because of his expertise in navigation he became the principal celestial navigation Instructor for the Company. With the advent of new navigational systems replacing celestial navigation he returned to the cockpit and flew first as copilot and then as Captain for many years. His service as Captain took him to every country in the world serviced by Pan American. He flew every type of aircraft owned by the company, from propeller driven transports to 747 jets, before retiring at age 60 after 35 years with Pan American.
Ken was preceded in death by Phyllis on February 2, 2010. They leave two sons, Gregory end Christopher as well as several close relatives who live In the Davis area. Ken will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him on a personal basis, but especially by his sons, his daughter-In -law Lauren Snow, grandsons Geoffrey and Jeremy Snow, Brother Gordon and his wife Jean Snow, and niece Hillary and her husband Robert Holwell.
A graveside service will be held Friday, October 1, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery; 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.
Dear Greg, Chris and Families, We were saddened to read of Ken's passing. We know that all of you, the two of us, as well as the many friends of Ken and Phyllis will always remember their warm friendship, kindness and generosity during their long and remarkable lives. When we moved to El Macero in 1972 Phyllis, Ken and their two very young sons were the first family we came to know here. We have very fond memories of your parents, of watching you two as well as Geoffrey and Jeremy grow up. With sympathy, June and Paul
June and Paul Gulyassy Oct 4 2010 12:00 AM
chris I am so sorry for you loss. Although I did not know your dad I am sure he was so very proud of you and was lucky to have such a kind and attentive son. Thinking of you and your family Sally
sally mohr Oct 1 2010 12:00 AM
We are saddened to learn of your loss. Best wishes to you and your family.
Sharon Ball, Roger Young and family Sep 28 2010 12:00 AM