Kenneth M. Petch

Born in Berea, OH, Ken graduated from Cheyenne High School in WY and later graduated with the Class of 1956 from USNA.  Commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, he flew C-124 aircraft as pilot and aircraft commander throughout most of the world.  He left the Air Force after eight years service and worked in the real estate business in the Denver area for 36 years.


Ken had a keen interest in Colorado’s early railroad history and reflected it in the construction and operation of a model railroad in his home.  This same interest inspired countless adventures in search of abandoned mines and old railroad grades.  Another favorite pastime was camping with his family all over Colorado and throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Ken and his wife, Patricia Ann, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July 1999.  He   passed away 3 April 2000.   He is survived by his wife; three children: Brad of Craig, CO, Bryan of   Colorado Springs, CO, and Jennifer Babcock of Grass Valley, CA; six grandchildren: Adrienne and Shane Petch, Raegan and McKenzie Petch, and Caitlin and Carrie Babcock.  Pat resides in Lakewood, CO and keeps busy enjoying church activities, gardening, sewing, bridge and most of all Ken’s and her grandchildren.


Ken is remembered for his ready sense of humor, gentle demeanor, unwavering integrity and his faith in God.  Ken was a quiet, unassuming friend whose love of family and devotion to duty serve as a model for us all.