November 15, 1932 – February 27, 2023 - Ken passed away peacefully on Monday morning February 27, 2023 at the age of 90 in Tualatin, OR of natural causes.
He was born in Grand Junction, CO to Gilbert and Margarite Sternes. Moved to Oregon when he was a child and attended Tigard High School where he met his former wife and mother of his Children Wreatha Conrad (preceded in death). He joined the Air Force with his best friend Bill Conrad in August 1952. He served 4yrs active duty and 4yrs reserve. He attended Portland State College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and then proceeded to Oregon State University to earn his Master's of Science in 1967. He was an Electrical Engineer and worked for Tektronix.
Ken enjoyed fishing and crabbing on the Oregon Coast and built a cabin in Garabaldi with his family. He later retired there with his friend/partner Dorothy (Dot) Pieren. They enjoyed volunteering for the American Legion (Commander 1970) and for the Lyons club.
Survived by Dorothy (Dot) Pieren; Sister Sharon Stretch (Jack); Sons Gerald preceded in death (Susan), Brian (LeeAnn); Granddaughter Kelly Vessey, Grandson Kevin Sternes (Kim); Great-Grandchildren Karlee and Sam Vessey, Kendall and Kody Sternes. Many nieces and nephews.
Crescent Grove Cemetary Graveside Service Monday March 13, 2023 at 10:00am. 9925 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR - Celebration of life following 11:00-1:00 across the street at the Double Tree by Hilton 9575 SW Locust St, Tigard, OR.