Kenneth Ferguson (December 13, 1952 - September 07, 2023)

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Kenneth Ferguson
  • December 13, 1952
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  • September 07, 2023

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Kenneth R. Ferguson, 70, a proud Colorado native, died on September 7, 2023 at the Cornerstone Hospice House in The Villages Florida after a long, valiant fight with metastatic colon cancer. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Michelle, daughters, Kelsey Wetherington & her husband Colton, Bonny Strong and her husband Chris & grandsons Ryan & Joshua Strong & son, Thomas Ferguson, and his wife Natalie and grandson Cody Thaden. Also survived by his sister, Jean Ferguson. He is predeceased by his parents, Chauncey & Pearl Ferguson &, sister, Fay Sharp & her husband, Harry Sharp.

Ken was a quiet man known for his dry, quick sense of humor & vast knowledge of almost everything. Throughout his childhood he stayed active in the Boy Scouts. Upon graduation from Florence High School in Florence, CO he enlisted in the US Air Force and was assigned to the security police unit. While in the Air Force he spent time in Viet Nam and was very proud of being an integral part of Operation Baby Lift during the fall of Saigon. When the war was over he left the Air Force and spent several years as a police officer with the Northglenn Police Department in Northglenn CO. After a very short stent as a Denver millionaire’s bodyguard, he was hired as a security guard at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant. His constant thirst for learning was recognized as a person who would be an asset as a security analyst for nuclear sights around the world. That part of his career required traveling all around the world doing analysis work & teaching security agents from other countries how to protect their nuclear sights to keep our world safe. Ken was very proud that as only a high school graduate he found himself standing in front of classrooms full of doctors of physics and engineering teaching about the nuclear world. After well over a million miles of travel he decided it was time to retire in 2019.

Ken had a love for all things trains, small and large. He loved building & tinkering with his model railroad layout he built in his basement. He and his wife Michelle spent endless hours riding & photographing trains everywhere they traveled. He especially loved steam trains and could never satisfy his desire to have the perfect picture of a locomotive spouting steam from its stack. His final train ride was as the engineer of a steam locomotive on the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely Nevada. He was truly in his element decked out in his striped bib overalls and engineer’s hat sitting in the driver’s seat of a steam locomotive. His ear-to-ear smile was truly magical as he fulfilled a lifelong bucket list item.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 29th, 2023 at 10:30am at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL Attendees should arrive no later than 10:15am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Ken’s name to the Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403. https://shop.coloradorailroadmuseum.org/MakeDonation.aspx?skuid=1004466


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  1. Mike & Sondra Cullipher says:
    28 Sep 2023
    We feel so fortunate to have known Ken and call him our friend. He made such an impact in our lives. We will miss his kindness and his wonderful sense of humor.

  2. Diana J. Wharton says:
    24 Sep 2023
    Michelle and Kelsey, though I was only able to meet your beloved Ken once, I lived your adventures through your annual letters Michelle. Thank you for sharing Michelle. I learned of Ken's passing today and was able to read the obituary which was a wonderful tribute to a very interesting life. When heaven's doors are opened wide and we all walk in together, it will be a glorious reunion with those we love and are forever in our hearts. May you find peace and comfort in Jesus' Arms. Love, Diana

  3. Joyce wolff lit a candle:
    19 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 19, 2023 at 9:37:39 PM

  4. Susie Eley says:
    19 Sep 2023
    I will always have fond memories of living with Uncle Ken, and grandma grandpa and him teaching me to play checkers when I was 3\4. Oh the fun we had, I was always so excited to win. Looking back now after 50 plus years he let me win. Or spending a couple of weeks when I was a teen, hiding in the closet to scare him when he would come home from work. I'm just lucky I didn't get shot. Thanks for the memories, Uncle Ken!! I love you!!

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    19 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 19, 2023 at 9:12:31 AM

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  8. Willie & Tami posted an image:
    18 Sep 2023
    Celebrating a great man. <br />
As our families grew  together times were shared by all. Thoughts and prayers to the Fergunson family . <br />
Love Willie, Tami and family.
    Celebrating a great man.
    As our families grew together times were shared by all. Thoughts and prayers to the Fergunson family .
    Love Willie, Tami and family.

  9. Tami & Willie William posted an image:
    18 Sep 2023
    Celebratung of a great man our families crew together for many years. He will be deeply missed. Nothing but the best for the Fergunson family. Sending prayers hugs to the family .
    Celebratung of a great man our families crew together for many years. He will be deeply missed. Nothing but the best for the Fergunson family. Sending prayers hugs to the family .

  10. Tami & Williw William posted an image:
    18 Sep 2023
    Breakfast with Ken ,Michelle, Willie and I in July boffins 2021. Great memories.
    Breakfast with Ken ,Michelle, Willie and I in July boffins 2021. Great memories.

  11. Cissie Smith lit a candle:
    18 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 18, 2023 at 9:39:19 PM

  12. Diana Fitzpatrick says:
    18 Sep 2023
    With Love,
    Diana Fitzpatrick

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