Kenneth Glen Walsh
August 27, 1941 – February 11, 2020
Walsh, Kenneth Glen, was born August 27, 1941 in Delight Arkansas and passed away February 11, 2020 at his home in Fair Oaks, California. His family was present and holding his hands as he passed peacefully to his next journey.
Ken, the son of Fray and Fern Walsh, grew up in Arkansas until the family moved to California when he was young, residing in Susanville until he graduated from Lassen High.
He worked at Meek’s Lumber for 44 years in branches at Chico, Yuba City, and Carson City, and in 1982 was promoted to the head office in Sacramento until his retirement in 2007. His hard work and great skills were recognized with promotions to Branch Manager at Carson City and then to General Manager over the Western Division, the highest non-family position in the company. Ken made many friends during his years with Meek’s, including his best friend of 62 years, Wayne Couch. Ken was firm, but fair in his dealings. He could be a tough negotiator but usually left the meeting on good terms.
He loved dogs and always had one around, starting with Tip as a toddler. Always a car enthusiast, he liked to go fast and spent his free time building street rods which he took on many road trips with a car club.
Ken was the ultimate patriarch, always putting his family first. He was the proud father of four children, Steve Walsh, Frank Walsh, Deanna Walsh-Guthrie and Mike Walsh; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He loved them all deeply and especially enjoyed visits with the grand and great-grand kids. He left us too soon and will forever be missed.
Family and friends are invited to a closed casket visitation on Monday, February 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary to reminisce, grieve and laugh in remembrance and to support each other in this time of sorrow.
Flowers may be sent to the mortuary located at 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: https://www2.jdrf.org/site/Donation2?idb=2065942775&df_id=2374&mfc_pref=T&2374.donation=form1.
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Vernon Memorial Park
8201 Greenback Ln
Kenneth Glen Walsh
February 19, 2020
I worked at the South Lake Tahoe Meeks starting in 1976 for Wayne Couch and I knew Ken from inventories and then when he took over as General Manager of the California stores. He was a great man and did lead with a strong hand but he was always fair and he always had a good sense of humor. I am sad to hear of his passing and want to send my deepest condolences to Steve and his entire family. I worked with Steve for many years at the Tahoe store. Sending many prayers of love and comfort to his family. Rest In Peace Ken- ride those classic cars in heaven...
February 18, 2020
John, Bill and Connie,
Thank you for your beautiful words. Reading them reminds me of the wonderful father I've lost. I wanted to let you know I've chosen to have a service for him here in Carson City and would love for you all to attend, understanding that some might not wish to travel. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend if they would like.
John I'm going to miss seeing you and my dad in his shop, enjoying a beer, laughing and joking. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to my father.
Bill, my father lived and breathed Meek's Lumber. He worked hard and he worked long hours to ensure his yard was successful here in Carson City; but he always made sure the time he spent with us was special. I have wonderful memories of going back to the yard with my dad in the evenings after dinner so he could continue with paperwork, and playing in the store. I would go into the moc kitchens and play house, or out to the door shop and pretend to build something amazing with the wood remnants left from that days work. And I can tell you, the yard was the best place to play hide and seek with my brothers.
Connie, I am so happy to see your message. I think of you often. You were truly one of the best parts of coming to visit my father when he was at work. I will never forget how you would give me a little extra money to get a second donut for myself when walking over to Mayfair Market with everyone's order, making sure to bring back my Dad's standing order, a plain cake donut. If you are still here in Carson City or in the surrounding area, I would very much love to see you at his service. If you can't make it, please do reach out to me if you'd like. How great would it be to catch up!
The service here in Carson City will be held at 2 PM on Friday, February 28th, at Fitzhenry's Funeral Home on Fairview Drive.
February 17, 2020
We met Ken when we moved into our house on Ranchwood Court in 1989. We were friends and neighbors for over thirty plus years. Ken was very generous and always around to help. We moved furniture up and down each other’s stairs, shared a passion for classic cars and generally enjoyed each other’s company when we visited in his kitchen or in the shop. Now when I say shop, I mean a very large stand alone building where Ken worked on his cars and various other projects. You see Ken was a superb craftsman. When he tackled a project, he did so with creativity and zeal. He was a perfectionist. He could weld, do any kind of woodwork, did perfect auto body work and painted his project cars. He was quick to offer help on my projects also, including the 65 Mustang convertible. We were fortunate to have met his parents and I could see where he got his firm resolve and dedication to detail. We will dearly miss him.
February 16, 2020
Ken was the General Manager of the western division of Meek’s for twenty-five years. When I moved to Sacramento in 1982, I needed someone I could rely on to manage the company. Ken agreed to take charge and he moved to Sacramento from Carson City where for several years he’d successfully managed our Carson City lumberyard. Ken was highly respected and instrumental in growing the company. He not only managed all of our branch managers and credit managers, but also purchased our equipment and oversaw our many acquisitions and expansions. He was outstanding at building new facilities or expanding old ones when needed. But Ken’s greatest accomplishment was developing people. He gave many of our employees opportunities for advancement and they will be forever grateful. For me personally, I relied on Ken for everything and knew our company was in great hands under his leadership. We could never have expanded as quickly as we did without him. When he retired, he left a huge void, but I know he was happy to spend more time with his family and his hobbies. Rest in peace Ken and thank you for your years of devoted service. Deepest sympathy to Steve and your entire family.
Sincerely, Bill Meek
February 13, 2020
I worked with Ken for 20 plus years, best boss I ever worked for. He was a gentleman and loved what he did and was respected by the people that he worked with. He always had an answer for whatever you asked. He loved the old cars he would find in barns etc. and enjoyed rebuilding them. I could never understand why he enjoyed rebuilding those old clunkers and he would laugh when I would shake my head every time he found a new project. He would always share pictures with me when they were complete and I started looking forward to seeing the photos. Rest In Peace Ken, you are loved and will be missed.