William Kenneth (Ken) Bertken Jr. philanthropist, Navy veteran, and member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Roseville, passed away on August 13, 2013. He was born on June 6, 1928 to Lucilla O'Dowd and William Bertken Sr. in San Francisco.
He was raised in San Francisco and attended the University of San Francisco where he graduated in 1948. Ken served as a pilot in the Navy. He worked in sales and marketing and retired in February 2009.
Ken's limitless spirit, infectious laughter, and love of music will be deeply missed. A true Irish soul.
Ken is survived by his life partner, Doris Baldwin, his brother Thomas (Sheila) Bertken of Alameda, and his children, Kevin Bertken, Dennis Bertken (Renee), Jennifer Roth of San Diego, Steve (Barb) Bertken of Lee's Summit MO, John (Gail) Hawaii and Amy (Brendan) York UK, 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will held at Lambert Funeral Home on Friday August 16, 2013 4p – 6p with a Rosary immediately following. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Rose of Lima Parish August 17, 2013 at 2:00p.