In Memory

Ken Burrell

See the entry below by Ken's sister Patty about Ken's untimely passing.

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02/16/09 11:47 AM #1    

Chris Mahley

Kenny died (unknown cause) Feb. 13, 2006 in Pacific Grove, CA. We played 3&2 baseball together for St. John's Methodist and later (early in HS) had a memorable, fun, adventurous rendezvous with Barb M. and Ethel W. one summer night. The days of spontaneity and silliness....

03/18/09 06:53 PM #2    

Patty Burrell

My brother Ken passed away on February 13th, 2006 in Pacific Grove, CA in a kayaking accident. He lived most of his life after High School in Sacramento, CA. He has three wonderful children, Jennifer and Bill, both in their twenties who live in California, and Kelsey (14 years) from a second marriage who also lives in California. Ken devoted much of his lifetime to being a counselor and mentor for others involved in Alcoholics Anonymous. He loved to kayak, take long hikes near the rivers and lakes, camp, and in his later years, play the keyboard and he was phenomenal. He worked for the Sacramento Police Department as the Environmental Services Manager for 20 plus years and was a wonderful friend, co-worker, supervisor to many who loved him. His remaining siblings are John, Richard (both in California) and myself, Patty who lives in Overland Park, KS. Not to mention his vibrant 85 year old mother, also from Kansas City. We dearly loved him and hold him in a very special place in our hearts. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all of Chris Cooper's movies and remembered how kind his girlfriend, Cheryl Foster, wasw to him in high school. Many other memories probably best to not put in a memorium!. Patty Burrell (816-807-3412). Written 3/18/2009

03/19/09 09:16 PM #3    

Mike Ward

Kenny and I played baseball together as grade shool kids. Whenver he was with you, something funny would always happen. He could have been an incredible athlete. I stay in touch with Mrs. Burrell because John's son is Pat Burrell. If you are a baseball fan, you saw Pat play a key role in the Phillies win over Tampa Bay in the World Series. Whenever I would call Mrs. Burrell, I'd always ask her when Ken was coming in next and would she please remember to have him get hold of me. Less than a month before Kenny passed, I had called Mrs. Burrell. She said Mike, you're going to kill me. Kenny just left to go back to Sacramento yesterday. I read his obituary about three weeks later. Mrs. Burrell told me the funniest story about a Cooper movie. The movie Chris won the Acadeny Award for as best supporing actor, was a pretty raunchy movie, American Beauty. Kenny took his mom and at the time 18 year daughter to see Cooper's movie. After it was over, he turned to Mrs. Burrell and said I can't believe I saw this movie with my mom and daughter. I think of Kenny and a smile always appears.

08/09/09 07:25 PM #4    

Denton Sanders

I spent a lot of time with Kenny and I have many stories that I keep with me. We grew up together in the same neighborhood. He was a natural athlete and I was always trying to keep up with him. We kept in touch through the years. I was saddened to hear of his untimely passing.
I will always remember the times that we spent together.


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