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Kenneth L. Lucas
February 20, 1927 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Kenneth Lee Lucas (“Ken”) died peacefully in his sleep in Ontario, Oregon, on February 1, 2024, just short of his 97th birthday. Viewing is 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 8, at Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, 2543 SW 4th Ave, Ontario, OR with a graveside service Friday, February 9 at 10:00 am at Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario, OR.
Ken was born in Almena, Kansas, on February 20, 1927, to Roydan and Hazel (Hawks) Lucas and was the fourth of six siblings—Eileen and Irene (twins), Roydan Jr., Donald, and Nadine Joye.
His family moved west during the dust bowl era and eventually settled in Turner, Oregon. Ken attended high school in Salem, Oregon, and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard shortly before his 18th birthday. During his time in the Coast Guard he trained in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a radioman and was later stationed in Alaska.
After an honorable discharge in 1946, Ken returned to Payette, Idaho, to rejoin his mother and worked at the Payette Cannery and various other jobs alongside his two brothers. While in Payette, Ken met Virginia Theopal Ausman. The two married on August 7, 1949, in the Payette Church of the Brethren (they were later members of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren). Shortly after, Ken was called up from the Navy Reserve and the new couple moved to California where they lived in Long Beach and San Diego. They returned to Idaho in 1952 when Ken completed his service and Ken started working for Union Pacific Railroad. In 1953, daughter Terri was born followed by daughter Cindi in 1956.
While raising his daughters, Ken worked several jobs in addition to his work for Union Pacific including as a truck driver for Ore Ida and a greenskeeper at Scotch Pines Golf Course in Payette. Virginia passed away in 1986. Four years later, Ken retired from Union Pacific after working for nearly forty years as a telegrapher, dispatcher, and depot agent.
In 1993, Ken married Beverly Kal Gross of Ontario, Oregon. They shared more than 30 years together, living in Fruitland, Idaho. Through the years they remained active in the local community, enjoyed traveling the country, and participated in the lives of children, grandchildren, and an expanding number of great-grandchildren.
Through his life, Ken was an avid sportsman enjoying hunting, dance roller skating, water skiing, fast pitch softball, bowling, and golf. Ken held several amateur golf titles through the years and enjoyed the game into his late 80s. Ken was tech savvy and even at an advanced age enjoyed keeping track of his family on his computer, iPhone and social media. The last few years Ken enjoyed his time around his house, tending his flowers, caring for his cats, and watching the birds and squirrels in his yard.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife Virginia, daughter Cindi Brower, and son-law Ron Franklin. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter Terri Franklin, son-in-law Tim Brower, seven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.