Kenneth (Ken) Patrick Scutero, who resided in Aurora, Colo., passed away Nov. 24, 2012, after a 15-month battle with ALS. He was 51.
A funeral service is planned at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 2012, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, Calif. Interment will be at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley, Calif., at a later date.
He was born in Los Angeles, son of James and Lynn Scutero. Ken graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1979 and Sierra College in 1982 with a degree in climatology, fire science and forestry. He went on to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a Hot Shot (firefighter), a job he loved. From there, he enjoyed a long fulfilling career with UNFI for 16 years, starting in Auburn and ending in Denver as a long-haul trucker. He traveled the countryside and always had an interesting story to share about his weekly travels. Ken was an outdoorsman who loved to hike, hunt, target-shoot and ski. Every year, he purchased a ski pass that allowed him to make the rounds in Colorado. His favorite was Arapahoe Basin. Ken had a passion for following his favorite sports teams: Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Joy Scutero; sons Shawn (Angela) Belloli and Jonathon (Josephine) Gregory; grandchildren Jazmine, Tyler, Joshua and Jacklyn; parents James and Lynn Scutero; siblings Jenny (Britt) Cooper, Julie (Anthony) Luna, Daniel (Linda) Scutero, Diane Gunderson and Katie Scutero, plus a host of nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins and dear friends. He also leaves behind his favorite longtime pet bird (Lovebird, Rosy).
Donations may be made to ALS Association at www.alsa.org.