Kenneth Melton was born on April 3, 1933, in Pueblo, Colo., and is the eldest of seven children. After high school he served in the Army in Korea and Japan. Soon after arriving home he met Shizue “Sue” Melton and three months later on Aug. 27, 1955, they were married. Ken and Sue were happily married for 61 years.
Ken attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation in 1961 they moved to California so Ken could work at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where he worked for 30 years. They lived in Gardena, Calif., until 1965 when they bought their first home and moved their family to Sylmar, Calif., where they lived until they retired to Weaverville in 1991.
Ken volunteered at the Skilled Nursing Facility, calling out the numbers for Bingo weekly, at the Golden Age Center where he was also on the Board of Directors, and at the Weaverville Elementary School where many kids knew and loved him as Grandpa Ken.
When Ken wasn’t volunteering you could find him on his iPad playing a game and/or spending time sitting and chatting with some friends at Mamma Llama. He loved to fish, travel and spend time with all his friends in Weaverville. Ken passed away quietly in his sleep on Jan. 10, 2020. Rest in Peace Ken.
Survivors include the Broggie Family — Karen (daughter) and Garry, and grandsons Brian and David; the Melton Family — David (son) and Cindy, and grandsons Ryan and Matthew; the Friedman Family — Donna (daughter) and Steve, and grandchildren Megan, Christopher and Lisa.