Originally Published: May 20, 2018 6 a.m.
Kenneth E. Schwarz died peacefully, at the age of 90, on May 1, 2018, at his Prescott, Arizona home with his loving family surrounding him. Ken spent his growing-up years in Oakland and Healdsburg, California. Ken, proudly served his country during WW2 in the 2nd Engineers Special Brigade, as a short wave radio operator. His many memories of that time remained fresh in his mind throughout his life.
After his Army service, Ken attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Ken married his college sweetheart, Jeanne Kelleher, in San Francisco in September 1950 and they have celebrated 67 years in love together. Ken designed and manufactured switchboards for commercial buildings and other applications.
After his retirement, Jeanne and Ken relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Ken enjoyed his retirement by traveling though all 50 states, Canada and parts of Mexico for nine years in their motor home. In 2004 they moved to Prescott, Ken’s favorite place in the world. He volunteered for 10 years at St. Vincent de Paul and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Playing a little golf, walking on the winding streets of The Mountain Club, reading many good books, and continuing to travel were his favorite things. Friends and family will remember Ken for his keen mind, “terrible puns,” great knowledge of history, wry smile and for his quiet kindness.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; and daughters, Kathleen, Carolyn (Mike Cole) and Linda.
Also survived by his younger brother, Dave Schwarz (Mary); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ken was predeceased by his daughter, Peggy Schwarz; and his son, Jerry Schwarz; two brothers, Bob and Richard; and his sister, Marge Puccioni. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Prescott.
The family thanks Morris Health, Maggie’s Hospice, and the caregivers of Synergy Home Care for their loving care of Ken. The family will receive visitors at Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel, 303 S. Cortez St, Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 6-7 p.m. A rosary will begin at 7 p.m., at the funeral home on the 22nd. Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury St., Prescott, Arizona.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes.
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