OBITUARY: 8-13-21, Kenneth Ray Lakes, 82


Kenneth Ray Lakes passed away Friday, August 13, 2021, at his home in Ojai, California, after a short battle with cancer. Ken was born to Lloyd and Mayme Lakes on September 27, 1938 at his grandmother’s home in Jackson County, Kentucky.

The family moved to Connersville, Indiana, and eventually bought a farm in Blooming Grove near Brookville, Indiana. His boyhood dream was always centered around airplanes. He would build models and whenever possible go to local air shows.

He graduated from Brookville High School in 1956 and then attended Indiana University. While at Indiana University he was enrolled in the ROTC program and following graduation in 1960 entered the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He did his pilot training in Marianna, Florida, and was then stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma, and later at McGuire Air Force Base near Trenton, New Jersey.

During his six years of service he flew all over the world, flying transport and rescue planes from Labrador, Canada, to supply planes in Vietnam. He went to work for Continental Airlines and flew with them from 1966 until his retirement in 1998.

In retirement, one of his passions was golf. He played three times a week if possible. He was a proud member of the Duffers and the Super Seniors group. Just this past June he was thrilled that he had “shot his age” 82.

While training in Marianna, Ken and a friend went to meet some girls at Florida State University. That’s when he met Carol Sue McKenzie. They met again the next day at church and this began a long distance romance that ended in marriage on December 29, 1962.

In 1967, Ken and Sue welcomed their son Kevin and two years later their daughter Erin.

In 1975, with two kids in tow they moved to their forever home of Ojai, California. They immediately found a church home at OVCC and Ken served as an Elder for several years. He and Sue went on seven mission trips to Europe with a group headed by Roy and Jan Worsham.

This group provided Vacation Bible School for Missionary kids. Ken and Sue shared their gift of Christian hospitality by hosting many church functions and providing a place to stay for visiting missionaries and anyone in need.

Several years ago they went back to their roots and began worshiping at the First Baptist Church of Ojai. There they worked with the Ojai Family Shelter and made four mission trips to Mexico with the YWAM Homes of Hope.

Kenneth is survived by his beautiful wife of nearly sixty years, Sue; son Kevin of Ojai; daughter Erin (Chip) Weston of Ojai; brother Bill (Connie) Lakes of Aurora, Indiana; beloved grandchildren Brooke (Michael) Stancil; Allison Weston; Michael Ray Weston; McKenna Lakes; and Taryn Lakes.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Ken’s name to the YWAM Homes of Hope, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, or the First Baptist Church of Ojai.

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