Obituary Notices and Memorials


KENNEPOHL, Kenneth Ken was a lifelong resident of Antelope Valley, was 92 when he passed on August 16, 2014 from the effects of a stroke he had suffered in June. Ken was a husband, father, grandfather of six, great-grandfather of twelve. He was a remarkable man, outstanding father, mentor, and friend, and we were fortunate to have had him in our lives for so many years. In his lifetime he was a turkey farmer, sailor, pilot, and lifelong member of the Elks, a Boy Scout leader, a businessman, philanthropist, and an outstanding fisherman. The stock market was his passion and he spent many hours reading stock newsletters and analyzing the market. Ken was an amazing stock picker and his stocks always seemed to go up. Born on July 18, 1922, he grew up in the Antelope Valley where he raised turkeys during World War II. Towards the end of the conflict, when the Selective Service people warned him he was just about the last young man in the Valley of draft age, he quickly unloaded all that poultry and joined the Merchant Marines. During his very first trip aboard a Liberty Ship in Manila Bay, peace was declared. He once said that the celebratory gunfire on the ships in the harbor was like 100 Fourth of July fireworks shows at once. Back home in California, with his father Gus, and his older brother Bob, they formed the Lancaster Gas Company. Eventually, Lancaster Gas merged with a larger firm, and Ken joined Pargas as the Western Regional Manager. Ken was an entrepreneur who retired at 50. In 1976 he joined with his son, Larry, to start the first Fast Lube business in the Valley. He held several patents and seemed to have all the answers. He counseled, helped, and loved his family always trying to make things easier for them whenever he could. Ken will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Mumaw Mortuary with interment immediately following at the old Lancaster cemetery.

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