Obituary of Kenneth H. Halpin
Kenneth H. Halpin passed away on Oct. 12, 2015. He was 76.
There will be a remembrance gathering from noon to 4 p.m. today at Condon Park in Grass Valley. Friends are invited to stop by any time between the listed hours to visit.
Ken was born in Southern California on Sept. 14, 1939, to Edward & Mildred Halpin. He was raised in the Mojave desert with his three brother’s and one sister. The family later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
He was a simple man who didn’t say much, but meant what he said. He had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, help others and was an honorable man. Ken enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.
He worked for Chevron Chemical in Richmond for more than 20 years, achieving a supervisor position. In 1984, he, his wife and their 5 children relocated to Nevada County. He was a respected local business owner of Clean Sweep Janitorial for more than 26 years, retiring in 2010.
He enjoyed riding his Harley more than anything else and has been riding since the age of 18. He had a wonderful riding buddy, Dedee, who he would go on rides with. Sometimes they would just go for a ride and other times it would be for a specific charity or cause.
He very much enjoyed participating in the yearly Nevada County Christmas Food and Toy run.
He had many talents, including repairing motorcycles, vehicles, plumbing, electrical and really any sort of thing that came his way. When asked, he was more than willing to share his knowledge and advice.
Survived by wife Dawn E. Halpin; children, Doris Ann Halpin-Reyes, Christina Raye Halpin-Laurido, Victoria Sue Halpin-Whittum, Scott Darryl Smith, Scott Russell Burnett and Brian A. Burnett; sister Doris Ellis; brother Edward Halpin; grandchildren, Jessica Virrueta, Gabriella Meras, Mercedez Reyes, Duane Gay Jr., Christopher Gay, Brandon Laurido, Benjamin Hubbard, Ashley Burnett, Andrew Burnett, Kyleigh Johnson, Scotty Burnett, Matthew Connary, Joshua Kirby, Vincent Staffa, Robert Burnett and Brian Burnett; and great-grandchildren, Andres Kenneth, Alexzander, Baby Meras and Elijah Staffa.
He was loved dearly by his grandchildren and was considered a “best friend” and a “genius.”
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