Kenneth M. Spurgeon
February 28, 1925 ~ July 25, 2013
Kenneth M. Spurgeon, of Lake Chelan and Wenatchee, WA, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, following a brief illness. Born in Colville, WA on February 28, 1925, as the youngest child of James H. and Irene C. Spurgeon, the family moved to Wenatchee in 1930. Mr. Spurgeon graduated from Wenatchee High School, where he was active in sports and student government. During his Senior year, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre, participating in the Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa campaigns. Following World War II, Ken attended Wenatchee Valley College and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was later recalled to the Marines during the Korean War and was commissioned as an officer. After returning to Wenatchee, Mr. Spurgeon joined the Washington State Apple Commission. In 1953, he was transferred to the Chicago area to represent Wenatchee’s famous apples and their growers. Ken subsequently joined an aerospace company, the Aircraft Gear Corporation. This job took him all over the world and he retired 35 years later as Chairman and CEO of the company. Ken Spurgeon was an avid golfer, enthusiastic raconteur, and a dedicated philanthropist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Stanley; sister, Faye Osborne; and his first wife of 50 years, Barbara J. Garland of Wenatchee. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, BetteLou (Padoshek) of Wenatchee; his children, Mark M. (Nancy) Spurgeon of East Wenatchee, Susan J. (Lawrence) Hincker of Blacksburg, VA, Nancy L. Brandt of Snohomish, Keith C. (Patti) Spurgeon of Plymouth, MN and Lake Chelan; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Contributions in memory of Ken Spurgeon may be made to the Wenatchee High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, in care of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.