Kenneth was born in Silver City, New Mexico to Albert and Lillian Green. In 1943, Ken, along with his parents and sister Karma, moved to Englewood, Colorado. Ken graduated from Englewood High School in 1947. He went on to Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO) where he studied engineering. After two years at Fort Lewis he transferred to CU in Boulder where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
While working in Kansas, Ken met his Sweetheart, Phyllis Smith. A short time later, they moved to Colorado and were married on May 2, 1954 in Denver, CO. They went on to have four children. In 1957 they purchased land in Littleton CO, where Ken spent nights and weekends building the family’s future home. In 1964 the family moved into their dream home on Shadycroft Dr. where they raised their four children and Ken spent his final days with his family.
Ken loved spending time with his family playing catch, basketball, soccer, and swimming, as well as two-hour nightly games of ping pong with his children. His favorite was the break of dawn ski trips to Winter Park where he loved to ski out of bounds and the back country. Summertime vacations were long driving trips in the Vista Cruiser Station Wagon with no air conditioning and windows rolled up, all, for better highway mileage!! (According to Ken) Ken also enjoyed photography and teaching his kids how to develop pictures in his dark room. He created an impressive portfolio of pictures that captured all aspects of nature. Such great memories…
Ken spent most of his career with Stearn Rogers Engineering (Raytheon) as a Structural Engineer. At age 62 he retired after 36 years. He would encourage each of us to do the same.
In retirement, Ken and Phyllis kept themselves busy having sleepovers with their grandchildren, teaching them to use a spirograph, playing tennis against the brick wall, and even letting them golf in the backyard. Lasting memories of time spent together making puzzles, stacking blocks, baking, dying easter eggs, walks to see the horses in the neighborhood, and of course collecting his beloved tomatoes from his garden. They attended track, swimming, soccer, volleyball as well as color guard events in support of their grandchildren. Ken and Phyllis were also able to spend time with their great grandchildren. On trips to the lake, he enjoyed pontoon boat rides, long walks, and campfires. He was never one to pass on a smore made by his great grandkids!
Ken and Phyllis took annual trips to North Dakota to see family. They also traveled to Hawaii, the East Coast, California, and Alaska. In Ken’s free time he was passionate about gardening, photography, walks on the highline canal, and of course…. running! And More Running! He ran at a competitive level well into his 80’s accumulating many accolades and clocking many miles spread across his 100 pair of running shoes. And he always enjoyed a good sunset…
He will be forever missed and forever in our hearts.
We Love You Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Brother and Friend.
Kenneth was proceeded in death by: Wife Phyllis Green; Daughter Stephanie Glasoe; Granddaughter Jessica Wood. Survived by: Sister Karma Green; Children/Spouses - Randy Glasoe, Marla & Stephen Golden, Kerry & George Wood, Ron & Deborah Green; Grandchildren/Spouses - Danny & Stephanie Glasoe, Aaron & Sarah Glasoe, Amber & Greg Krasnodebski, Josh & Kassie Wood, Kasey & Candice Turnbull, Kyle Turnbull, Taylor Golden, Autumn Golden, Kendal Green, Elle Green; Great Grandchildren - Haley, Dominic, & Kynzie Wood, Dakota & Kahlyn Anderson, Hayden & Allie Glasoe, Gunner Glasoe, Ashlyn Knutson, Josie Krasnodebski, and Aidyn Golden.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 25 at 1:00 P.M. at Drinkwine Family Chapel.
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