WILLITS — Kenneth Lee Sears of Willits passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2012. Kenneth was born March 2, 1949 in Atascadero. Kenneth had lived in Willits for the past 21 years.
Kenneth attended college at Cuesta College and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and Sacramento State in Sacramento.
Kenneth was a fireman for many years, worked at Army Corps of Engineers-BLM, and for the past 20 years was a Caltrans employee.
On June 29, 1969 he married Kathleen Stilwell; together they raised two beautiful daughters. He was proud of being Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus from July 1999 to June 2000 in district DD.
Kenneth enjoyed spending time with family at the ocean. He participated in winter coat collections for the needy, fundraising and pancake breakfasts at the church, and fundraising for the disabled.
He received a dedicated service award from McClellan Fire Department in 1977, Family of the Month in December 1998, Knights of Columbian Fund for people with mental retardation 2004, and Knights of Columbus Appreciation 2004 and 2005.
His family will remember his gentle heart and gentle nature. His daughters would say, “Sweet dreams, Dad,” and he would say, “I will if I dream of you.” His favorite quote was “Let’s get it done!”
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen Sears of Willits; daughters, Tamara Sears of Fortuna and Denise Raasch of Willits; son-in-law, Charles Raasch of Willits; sister, Barbara Edigar of San Jose,; brother, Raymond Sears of Atascadero; sisters-in-law; Linda Cline of Paso Robles, Freida Mosher of Atascadero, and Betty Gonzalez of Sacramento; brothers-in-law, Jack Stilwell, Fred Stilwell of Sacramento, and Gary Stilwell of Stayton, Ore.; many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and -nephews.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Raymond A. Sears; mother, Mabel Sears; mother-in-law, Grace Witham; and father-in-law, Laverde Shively.
A memorial service will be held today at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 61 West San Francisco Ave., Willits, at 5 p.m., with Father Tekle Dini officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sears family c/o Charles Raasch, 234 South Main St. Ste 1, Willits, CA 95490.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary.For the complete article see the 10-10-2012 issue.
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