Rest In Peace,
If you knew Ken, you knew that he had a wild sense of humor. Name a topic and he could tell you a joke. Some of the jokes were clean and some weren’t. His best jokes were “knock-knock” jokes that he would search out and write down to make sure he had some in his pocket when he saw Malia, his great niece. They took turns telling these jokes, it was the highlight of his day.
Ken enjoyed wine tasting, travelling , chili cook-offs and lazy Sunday mornings where Ken would read the Sunday funnies out loud. Ken enjoyed playing golf (hole in 1 at Pebble Beach #16), cruising, wine tasting in Napa and spending evenings on his veranda enjoying martinis and conversations with friends.
Ken’s career in retail began bagging groceries at Lucky’s after school, his love of retail didn’t stop there, he went on to work as a Store/ District Manager of Thrifty Drug. Throughout his retail career, Ken enjoyed the many friends he met along the way, one best friend is Randy Stahl. Ken worked for a period of time with his cousin Rod in Wichita where he learned construction which was of great help when he helped build his parents retirement home in Arkansas. Ken returned to California, Kansas winters were too cold, Brr. After his retail career, Ken took a position with Cencor which led him into quality auditing. Cencor was his entry into the world of Immigration Services. It was in 2003 that Ken went to work with INS and then later joined the Western Region as a member of the Adjudications Team. He was proud to work with the Western Region and serve his Country working for the Federal Government.
Today we celebrate Richard Kenneth Cone who passed away peacefully on January 21, 2020, surrounded by family and friends.
Ken was born in Colorado Springs, CO in 1956 to Richard Ray and Wanda Ilene Cone. Growing up in Manitou Springs CO, with sisters Lana, Ann and Judy along with his favorite Grandpa Abe. Ken always recalled fun adventures and retold them with love and fondness throughout his life. One of his funnier stories was eating watermelon on Abe’s porch with a bumble bee wanting to eat some too. Abe quickly wacked the bee with his spoon, sent it flying across the yard while saying, “Kenny- sit still.”
In 1968 Ken’s Dad was transferred and the family moved to La Canada, CA. Ken attended La Canada High where he played football and met his life-long high school buddy Dave McAuliffe.
Ken was most proud to be the Godfather to Ashley and Uncle Ken to Shavon Leonard, it was through Thrifty’s that Ken met their Mom, Jill Leonard who is one of Ken’s best friends. Jill’s Dad James welcomed Ken to the family as if he were another son.
In 1995 Ken met Charlotte, they married in 1996.
Ken’s sense of humor, respect for family, friends and commitment to his career will be dearly missed.