Kenneth A. Haukom passed away peacefully in Los Altos on November 7, 2013. He and his family and many friends celebrated his 100th birthday in July.
Born July 18, 1913, in Conrad, Montana, Ken was the third child of Edward and Clara Haukom. The family including sister, Evelyn, and brother, Jack, had moved to Conrad from their native Minnesota to homestead the land. Later the family ran the Conrad Mercantile Company. In 1921, after Ken’s mother became ill as a result of the influenza epidemic, the family returned to Hayfield, Minnesota. Following graduation from Hayfield High School in 1931, Ken attended Rochester Jr. College and the University of Minnesota.
Adventure called in 1936, and Ken set out to see the world on a Norwegian tanker. He photographed the coastline of Japan and the images were used by the U.S. War Department as war clouds were forming around the world. Ken returned from his travels and attended the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated in 1939. In 1940 he worked for Bethlehem Steel as an estimator and later became Chief Scheduling and Progress Engineer for Permanente Metals Corporation, which built 420 ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission.
On Christmas Day, 1940, Ken married Beverly, his longtime sweetheart from Minnesota. They settled in the East Bay where they had two children and were very active in the community, schools, and church. In 1997, Beverly passed away. They had been married nearly 57 years.
Ken joined Brown, Pacific, Maxon in 1946, a sub-contractor responsible for building the airport, hospital, roads, and housing on Guam after WWII. In 1956, Ken began working for Magna Engineering in Menlo Park, and he chose to move his young family to Los Altos. One more career move followed in 1958, when he joined Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale where he worked for twenty years retiring in 1978.
Ken was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and active at the Los Altos Senior Center, and the Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. At “WW” thirteen years ago Ken met Bess Whitaker and over the years Ken and Bess shared faith, family, friends, travel, sports, bridge, dining and dancing.
His advice was always to stay Involved and to keep your focus on Faith, Family, and Friends.
Ken is survived by son, Ken Haukom, Jr. (Vicki), daughter, Karen Reid (Kirk), grandchildren, Chris, Kevin, Kyla, and Kenneth and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Reid.
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mission Endowment Fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos, California.