Kenneth Stewart “Ken” Speirs, 90, of Canyon Country, Calif. passed away peacefully in Vermont while surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was doing what he liked best ~ traveling to see family and friends. He was born to the late Stewart and Anna L. Speirs on April 17, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Ken graduated from Amundsen High School of Chicago, Ill. in 1941 and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea. He married the love of his life, Catherine Louise “Caye” Bereiter, on October 9, 1948 at Queen of Angels Church in Chicago and they lived in Chicago before relocating to Canyon Country, Calif. in 1984. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last October with family and friends. Ken had worked at Illinois Bell (AT&T) and retired in 1982 after 35 years of service. He was a superb multi-sport athlete; among his achievements, Ken was inducted into the 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame (http://16inchsoftballhof.com/inductee/ken-speirs/).
Ken will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye and welcoming smile that touched so many people. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Ken was a faithful and active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Newhall, Calif. He loved to travel with Caye across the country visiting their children, grandchildren, and many friends. His guiding wisdom included such things as “Enjoy Yourself” and “Love & Respect for Spouses, Family and Friends.”
Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Caye, and is survived by their seven children: Mary Caye of Chicago, Ill.; James (Debra) of Canyon Country, Calif.; Patricia (Robert) of Brookfield, Ill.; Joanne of Ft. Collins, Col.; Edward (Kyung) of Marietta, Ga.; Elizabeth (Gregg) of Westmont, Ill.; and Andrew (Sheri) of Barre, Vermont. He also is survived by his sister, Audrey of Clearwater, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Sister Mary Catharina, O.P. of Adrian, Mich.; his nieces, Karen (Bill) and Nancy (Bill). He is survived by 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many dear friends, especially Karen Jucksch and family.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, September, 25, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 24244 Newhall Ave. in Newhall, followed by a burial service at 11:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Central Vermont Medical Center Branches of Hope on behalf of Ken Speirs (https://www.cvmc.org/cancer-care/donate) or Santa Clarita Home Health (http://www.santaclaritahomehealth.com).