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In Memory of

Kenneth Charles Sullens

December 23, 1938 - May 15, 2017

Obituary


Kenneth Charles Sullens was born at 11:45 p.m. on December 23, 1938, as KENNETH CHARLES NICHOLS. He was born in Cook County hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 15, 2017, in Antelope, California. Ken is survived by a loving and devoted family; his wife, Martha Lynne (Hutton) Sullens; son, Michael T. Sullens (Glorianne); daughter, Terri K. (Sullens, North) Camarena (Bruce); Aunt Ruby (Hagerman) Peterson; brothers Arthur V. Sullens (Connie), George Shipperley (Lois); six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one on the way; many cousins and a WORLD of friends!...

Kenneth Charles Sullens was born at 11:45 p.m. on December 23, 1938, as KENNETH CHARLES NICHOLS. He was born in Cook County hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 15, 2017, in Antelope, California. Ken is survived by a loving and devoted family; his wife, Martha Lynne (Hutton) Sullens; son, Michael T. Sullens (Glorianne); daughter, Terri K. (Sullens, North) Camarena (Bruce); Aunt Ruby (Hagerman) Peterson; brothers Arthur V. Sullens (Connie), George Shipperley (Lois); six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one on the way; many cousins and a WORLD of friends! Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Alice Hagerman, Nichols) Sullens (Ira, Lee); sister, Verdelle Yvonne (Nichols) Gramley (Maurice); aunts Cora Hagerman, Lydia (Hagerman) Gray (John), Pearl Hagerman; and uncles Ira Hagerman, Eldon Hagerman, Vern Hagerman, Roy Hagerman, Hugh Nichols; grandfathers Charles Hagerman and Arthur Nichols and grandmothers Maude (Taske) Hagerman and Emma (Johnson) Nichols. Ken was a loving husband, father and friend. He always had a smile on his face and a willingness to help anyone. Ken fed and "talked" with the birds, squirrels and deer as they frequented his home. A doe once came by the house after giving birth to twins, and they not only came right up to the back deck while Ken "talked" with them, but then they bounced all around the house. It was as if the mother was showing them off. When he attended East Aurora High School, besides playing football, he was in the band playing the tuba - he once told me it was because he was the only student big enough to carry it. In his days prior to his military service he played football for one of the Chicago Bears farm teams - the Aurora Clippers. He enjoyed the thrill of participating in the races at the Oswego Raceway. For a short time, he held the record for the quarter-mile distance with his 1957 Chinese Red Corvette with blue flames down the side. Ken was a friend to everyone - he has friends from the east coast to the west coast and from the most northern border to the most southern border of the United States. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, BPOE 1689, and served in the positions of Inner Guard, Chaplain, Lecturing Knight and Tiler. Ken was also a Past Elk of the Year, a Past Officer of the Year, an Honorary Founder and a member of the 100 Club. He was also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team; American Red Cross; and the Del Norte Amateur Radio Club and thoroughly enjoyed the "fox hunt" and Project Night. Ken enjoyed working with redwood, making clocks and relief carvings - giving them to friends, family or donating them to various organizations to be auctioned in their fundraisers. It was almost as if the wood "spoke" to him and told him what it wanted to be. He was always doing projects with the scouts and schools that Michael and Terri attended. He had a strong faith in God and attended the First Congregational Church when he lived in Aurora, Illinois. Ken's kindness was evident in everything he did whether it was for family, friend or stranger. In addition to his woodcarving, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, cooking, gardening, volksmarches and listening to jazz music, Ken served 21 years in the United States Air Force. He retired in 1982 as a MSgt. He served in the USAFE, PACAF, TAC and ATC Commands. His assignments in the States were Lackland AFB, Moody AFB, Randolph AFB and Mather AFB. His overseas assignments included Hahn AB, Germany; Ubon AB, Thailand; and Zweibruecken AB, Germany. "Sully" always managed to bond with everyone no matter where he was stationed. He was decorated with many medals for his military service, including the Presidential Unit Citation for his time at Ubon AB, Thailand; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon and the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters. After Ken's time in the military, he was employed at the Sacramento Metro Airport for seven years as a Fire Ops Worker. His duties there included refueling and security. Following his employment in Sacramento, Ken spent 11 years employed at the California Department of Corrections in Crescent City, California. He resided in Crescent City for 27 years. While he was living there, he became very involved in the community and enjoyed the ocean, whale watching, wildlife and the trees. There wasn't anything he couldn't do, or wouldn't do, to help someone out! Ken was loved and respected by everyone he met - family, friends, co-workers and strangers. Ken is loved and cherished, and he will be in my heart forever! Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lambert Funeral Home in Roseville, California. Viewing will be held on June 1, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held on June 2, 2017, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California. All are invited to sign the guest book online www.lambertfuneral.com, and share a memory.