Kenneth Stephenson

July 15, 2018

STEPHENSON, Kenneth Reid December 6, 1921 – July 15, 2018

Ken Stephenson passed away July 15, 2018 at the generous age of  96.  He leaves behind his son Glenn (Gail), his grandchildren Coran Cooper-Stephenson (Jen), Jared (Leticia), Sean and Amanda as well as his great grandchildren, Graydon & Isla (Coran & Jen), and Wren & True (Jared and Leticia).  Ken was born in Tako, SK and grew up on the farm with his mother, Ethel (nee Hagerman), father, Norman, brothers Harold and Jack.   After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in Commerce, Ken taught school in Wilkie, SK where he met the love of his life, Elsie Youngstrom.  Together  they raised  Shelley Anne and Glenn.  In those very early years Ken went back to university to earn a second degree in Education while Elsie looked after the children and also taught several grades in the one room Tako school.  In 1954 the family moved to Regina where Dad worked briefly as personnel director at Sherwood Co-op before moving into the hail insurance business with Fireman's Fund.  Soon a new opportunity presented itself and the family moved to Great Falls, Montana but in 1960, when Ken was offered the position of Superintendent of Hail Insurance for Western Canada with the Great American Insurance Company, the decision was made to move back to Canada, to Saskatoon. In addition to running the office, his greatest joy was to get out and meet the agents and the farmers throughout the prairie provinces.  He retired from paid work in 1988 and began to spend more time volunteering, gardening and traveling with Elsie. His beloved wife of 60 years  passed away in 2007 followed by their daughter Shelley in 2015. One of Ken's true passions was singing, especially in the barbershop style,  He was a charter member of the Saskatoon Chimo Chordsmen, and eventually brought fun and laughter to various charitable events with the Voice Male quartet.  He sang barbershop harmony for over 40 years and truly loved to "ring those chords". Ken was also a generous philanthropist. He and Elsie made many substantial gifts over the years to various health related charities.  Everyone who knew Ken knew that he loved people.  He always took such a  concerned  interest in them.  He made friends with every clerk, teller, cashier or waitress that he encountered.  He didn't want anything to do with "on the line banking" because he'd much rather go to the branch so he could say hello, visit, and have his "passbook" updated.  Ken loved to share interesting articles, stories or the latest news, especially with his children and

grandchildren, often sending clippings that were well highlighted.  He would joke and "kibbitz" with all he met and was happiest when he could make people smile.   How many times did someone meet him and say "We just love your Dad!"? Through the years, he had many health challenges, but  he invariably maintained a positive outlook and a thankful attitude.  We'll all miss his love for life and his friendly banter. We are all richer for having experienced it. We would like to thank the staff at Central Haven Special Care Home in Saskatoon for the loving care they provided over the last few months.  They were all very special to Dad. Because of Ken's enthusiasm for life, we would like you to join us as we celebrate his life together.  The service will be held at Louise Avenue Congregational Church, 1602 Louise Ave, Saskatoon, on Thursday, August 9th at 2 pm with refreshments to follow.  Arrangements are in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services, (306) 978-5200.  You may wish to make a donation in Ken's memory to either SING CANADA or the SASKATOON CITY HOSPITAL

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