In Memory

Ken Silva

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15/07/10 06:33 AM #1    

Molly Steffen (Ranken)

I think Ken may have been among the first of our class to have passed away, and I couldn't bear to think that his name wouldn't have a memorial marker by it.  Even though I was only at Shasta one year, I remember Ken as a sweet, fun-loving guy who was always very nice to a shy, quiet girl who had transferred from Mercy High School...namely me. He loved doing really stupid card tricks. He came to my home the night I graduated and entertained my mom for hours with jokes and card tricks that probably weren't really funny. He died in a car accident shortly after he got out of the service. He may have served in Viet Nam too ( so many did in those days.)  I remember that all Ken ever talked about was being a professional golfer. I think of him often because he was so kind to me which is a good way to be remembered.

30/09/14 04:17 PM #2    

John Dougherty

Kenny and I grew up in Bonnyview. I have only one impression of him and that was one of being a really mild person and a very nice guy. His dad worked at Pepsi, when Coke was the leader. Can you imagine a time when Pepsi was almost an unknown? Well, it's true, they were second fiddle by a long shot. On occassion, his dad would provide Pepsi to us kids for some event. It was different, but tasty. Everything was sugar back then.

Kenny had a pickup as I remember it and I think that's where he met his demise. It was a shock, of course. So young. I don't think we had lost a classmate yet, he may have been the first. I do remember Dr. Thorpe's son getting killed in an accident envolving a pickup about that time. If memory serves me he was in the back of the truck (Dr. Thorpe's son) and there was an error in judgement by the teen driver. It was a shock in both cases. It was a different time.

Too young, too soon,  Maybe our first encounter with mortallity in our class. What a wake up call. It's really a miracle that any of us are still here. So celebrate life and enjoy what time we have. Tomorrow is promised to no one, someone said.

18/02/20 07:42 PM #3    

James Martin


I'm betting this is him. US Air Force

Death 1978 (aged 25–26)
Burial Redding, Shasta County, California

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