Pike actively enjoyed life at Wellington Place in Hartford, until passing
earlier this month after a brief stay at The Kathy Hospice in the town
of Polk. A retrospect of
his life of over 100 years shows the many ways his love and support took
form. The greatest was the happy 65-year marriage to his bride Janet Pike
(now deceased) and joy in his sons Gary and Robert (also deceased). He
continued the feeling of family with Alexa, his daughter-in-law.
He lived at Triangle Fraternity until he received his degree in 1940 in
mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His career spanned 32 years serving the outboard motor industry by
developing patents and being a member of the Boating Industry Association
and at Chrysler Outboard Corp. as chief research engineer.
While working and being a wonderful dad, he continued to serve and support
many Hartford activities. Among these was being a member of the First
United Methodist Church, the Civil Defense County Radiological officer,
chairman Masonic “Lifeline” project for Hartford Hospital, and
Hartford Auxiliary Police. His civic work received many awards.
One of his most cherished activities was his work with the Boy Scouts. As
a troop leader, who later received the Silver Beaver Award, he took the
young men on canoeing and camping expeditions. During these trips, his
integrity, camaraderie, order, planning, discipline and values provided a
model for their own lives.
He was also on the Board of the Hartford Foundation. He saw growth of the
Schauer Arts and Activities Center, which led the Pikes to gift funds for
what is now Pikes Peak “Grand Room.” (Ken was the great-grandnephew One
constant in his adult life was being a 32nd Degree Mason, and member of
Scottish Rite and Shrine, and Eastern Star. For more than 64 years he
belonged to Lodge No. 120 in Hartford, serving in many positions and
finding deep friendships.
After retiring in 1977, the Pikes enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Hawaii
and to their Air Force son’s homes around the country. This enabled them
to continue what they had always enjoyed doing — taking pictures and
Friendships grew and endured over bridge games. After Janet passed in
2008, their friends Keith, Darlene, Dawn, Melody, Bob, Chris, Marilyn,
John and Cyndi gave back to him much of the love and support he had given
to others. His family is humbly grateful for their various talents and
While his accomplishments were many and varied in type and scale, he would
rather be remembered as a man who, by his very nature, looked to preserve
the welfare of others. Whatever he saw that could be made better, he did
just that. Efficiently and quietly.
“While he will be missed, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit
will always be felt in Hartford and his presence will forever have a place
in our hearts.”
There will be no funeral, which is in keeping with Ken’s wishes to
instead have a 100th birthday party.
The Kathy Hospice (3232 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI 53095) will
receive donations in his honor.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences