OBITUARY

Earl "Kenny" Lowden Jr.

March 19, 1939March 12, 2019
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Earl Kenneth Lowden, better known as “Kenny” went to meet his Lord and Savior March 12, 2019 Funeral services will be held March 19 @ Palm Mortuary Downtown location @ 2 pm.

Kenny was born on March 19, 1939 in Newport, RI. He was the youngest of 7 children. Ken had to be tough as he spent his early years in and out of Foster Care in Newport. He graduated from 8th grade (later earning his GED) and then @ age 17 he joined the Airforce. He married his first wife Glenda Johnson and to that union was born 3 children. Karen – Kenneth (Woody) & Gary. They lived in Rapid City SD, Hutchinson KS, moved to OK, TX and back to KS. He came to Las Vegas in 1979 and it was here that he met his current wife Nancy Barry.

Kenny’s biggest passion in life was his love of cooking. He took great pride and care in his preparation of a meal – in fact most of us would call Ken a master chef. Anyone who sampled Ken’s ribs always walked away in amazement of his skills. He was happiest when he received praise over his suppers – and praise he got. While in KS he owned a restaurant. He said it was a LOT of hard work but well worth the effort. He enjoyed “tweaking” every recipe to his taste and perfection. He prepared many special dishes.

He was very diversified in his work life. From his Airforce years to owning a filling station, to the restaurant and upon moving to Las Vegas he got into the Security business and worked in multiple casinos as a security officer. He started his security career @ Caesars Palace (which was his love), then Fremont, Desert Inn, Silverton and he came out of retirement due to boredom and worked part time @ Desert Springs Hosp.

His favorite vacation spot was Maui, Hawaii. He and Nancy spent many happy moments there. He also loved to spend his time at their cabin @ Pickerel Lake in NE South Dakota. He loved the peace and serenity of the surroundings. He became quite the “Avid Hunter”. He shot wildlife and nature pictures with his camera. Ken loved to tell a story with each picture. He has a vast collection of AWESOME hummingbirds & Pelicans. Also pictures of other Wildlife and birds around the cabin. He also enjoyed an early morning boat ride in search of the “perfect shot”.

At age 74 he fully retired and donated his time and cooking skills to fixing meals for the less fortunate. He absolutely LOVED doing this. Said it was one of the most rewarding things that he has ever experienced. He worked at a small mission not far from the house and for the last 3 years it held his heart. He loved it and the people that came there loved him. On the days he wasn’t cooking they would ask – where is Mr. Ken?

His Christian Faith was very important to him – especially in his later years! About 3 years ago he found the Lord again and became very involved in studying and learning the Bible and teaching it to others. He even beginning to do sermons as a guest speaker and was fortunate enough to bring a couple people to the Lord. That was most exciting for Ken.

3 of Ken’s biggest highlights and proudest moments were getting a small speaking part/ cameo in the movie Rainman in 1987. He met and rubbed elbows with Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise. Truly a defining moment for Ken – from Foster Homes to a movie star – WOW! Also in 1987 he got his picture taken wit Bo Derek. That was the biggest smile that ever crossed Ken’s face – he was in heaven. And the biggest thrill of his life was working front corner ringside as Security @ all major fights that Caesars Palace hosted in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. He LOVED it! Meeting and having his picture taken with all the fighters was a dream come true. He had many stories about those days.

Ken is survived by his wife Nancy Barry of Las Vegas, daughter Karen (Jack) Mitchell of Benton, AR, son Gary (Michele) Lowden of Winfield, KS, daughter in law Alyce Lowden of Ottumwa IA, brother in law Bill (Mary) Barry of Las Vegas, sister in law Kathy Sannes of Webster SD, special friends Jan & Joe Barraza of Las Vegas, former wife Glenda Martin of KS, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son Kenneth (Woody) Lowden, both of his parents, 1 sister, and 5 brothers.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests you pick a charity of your choice in Ken’s name OR City Mission of Las Vegas – 3983 East Desert Inn Rd – Las Vegas NV 89121

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, March 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Earl "Kenny" Lowden Jr.

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Bessie Sterbenz

March 23, 2019

Fond memories of growing up with Kenny being part of family from Kenny teaching me the jitterbug to coming home from school and smelling his meat sauce that had been simmering all day. Miss you but you are in a better place.

Mary Lehecka Nelson

March 23, 2019

I have to share one more memory. When Ken got a part in the movie Rain Man, I just thought that was the coolest thing ever. So one day I wrote him a poem about it . . .it made me smile to read it again.

Mary Lehecka Nelson

March 23, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of Ken - especially during the year I lived with him, Nancy and Jan. What I remember most about that year is his patience. That Christmas we made so many crafts and had stuff all around the house and Ken would just smile. I even got to spend time with those three in their favorite place to vacation - Hawaii! Talk about being spoiled! Jan, Nancy and Ken in Hawaii made it a memorable trip for sure!

Like everyone else, my family so looked forward to any opportunity we had to eat Ken's cooking. I was fortunate to get to Las Vegas for work and there wasn't a time I came that Ken and Nancy didn't make time for me. I was blessed to have been able to have dinner with Jan, Joe, Nancy and Ken in January and I will cherish that memory.

You will be missed Ken. Thanks for being a special part of our lives.

DAN and NANCY KENYON

March 22, 2019

When we moved into our summer cabin at Pickerel Lake in South Dakota, 14 years ago, Ken and Nancy - and the rest of their Las Vegas and Webster, SD family were quick to welcome us with open arms and local lore. Nancy and her brother Bill would work like paid labor on their cabins and land, and Ken (and often Bill's wife, Mary) would cook the entire time. Wonderful aromas would waft our way (we were only feet away usually), and sometimes Ken would take pity and bring us a care package! Succulent pork ribs, sloppy Joe's, once even one of his famous breakfast sandwiches! We will truly miss him (and his BBQ sauce!) . He always wore a smile - for us anyway. His eagerness to help Dan out with a project or get his advice about one of their own, brings a smile even today. As we are only weeks away from opening our cabins for this season, we do so with sadness at the loss of Kenny but also great gladness for Ken's new sparkling kitchen Upstairs - likely he's cooking for the Big Guy Himself!

Linda Jorgensen

March 22, 2019

So glad you were able to join us for our party in August, enjoying pancakes off the grill and visiting on the deck and at the church. Then a bonus to have breakfast together in Webster (with the flies) the next weekend. We also remember years past picking sweet corn, visiting the river, and our times at your house and seeing the sights in your area. Ken’s cooking was outstanding on our visits in LV.

Merry Carol Dewey

March 21, 2019

I worked with Kenny when he was in security at the Desert Inn. He was so well liked and respected there. I don't think I can ever remember seeing him without a smile on his face!!

Lavonne Millim

March 21, 2019

I just shared a memory and didn't get it to you.

Bill Barry III

March 21, 2019

The passing of Uncle Kenny has been a bit surreal to me to say the least. Kenny has been a part of so many of the happy memories in my life. From the days as a child skiing around Lake Mead, to the countless family dinners and sharing of birthday celebrations, Kenny was an integral and important part of my family memories. Kenny was either part of hosting or a participant in our weekly get togethers as a family. Those get togethers have been such a huge part of the bond I have with my family, a bond that so many others don't get to experience in life.

My wife and I were talking the other day about what Kenny meant to us and our daughters and we realized that we had all kind of came to the same conclusion. Kenny was there. He listened to our stories and even though he may not have agreed with everything, he listened with interest and without judgement as a great friend and family member would. Sometimes that was what each of us needed at certain times.

I don't know that I ever told him how much I loved him as an uncle and as a part of my life. His smile and personality will be missed greatly. Love you Uncle Ken.

Michelle Mare

March 21, 2019

Michelle Mare

March 21, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Who is this??.. The youngest picture of Ken that Nancy could find.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Bo brought Ken such pleasure!

FROM THE FAMILY

"Who thought at 41 I would be on these!"

FROM THE FAMILY

"WOW who thought I would meet my man Sugar Ray Leonard." a dream come true.

FROM THE FAMILY

1987 a year to remember. "Hanging out with my buddies Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman on the Rainman set." Filmed at Caesars Palace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

"So proud of my daughter and her family!"

Biography

Earl Kenneth Lowden, better known as “Kenny” went to meet his Lord and Savior March 12, 2019 Funeral services will be held March 19 @ Palm Mortuary Downtown location @ 2 pm.

Kenny was born on March 19, 1939 in Newport, RI. He was the youngest of 7 children. Ken had to be tough as he spent his early years in and out of Foster Care in Newport. He graduated from 8th grade (later earning his GED) and then @ age 17 he joined the Airforce. He married his first wife Glenda Johnson and to that union was born 3 children. Karen – Kenneth (Woody) & Gary. They lived in Rapid City SD, Hutchinson KS, moved to OK, TX and back to KS. He came to Las Vegas in 1979 and it was here that he met his current wife Nancy Barry.

Kenny’s biggest passion in life was his love of cooking. He took great pride and care in his preparation of a meal – in fact most of us would call Ken a master chef. Anyone who sampled Ken’s ribs always walked away in amazement of his skills. He was happiest when he received praise over his suppers – and praise he got. While in KS he owned a restaurant. He said it was a LOT of hard work but well worth the effort. He enjoyed “tweaking” every recipe to his taste and perfection. He prepared many special dishes.

He was very diversified in his work life. From his Airforce years to owning a filling station, to the restaurant and upon moving to Las Vegas he got into the Security business and worked in multiple casinos as a security officer. He started his security career @ Caesars Palace (which was his love), then Fremont, Desert Inn, Silverton and he came out of retirement due to boredom and worked part time @ Desert Springs Hosp.

His favorite vacation spot was Maui, Hawaii. He and Nancy spent many happy moments there. He also loved to spend his time at their cabin @ Pickerel Lake in NE South Dakota. He loved the peace and serenity of the surroundings. He became quite the “Avid Hunter”. He shot wildlife and nature pictures with his camera. Ken loved to tell a story with each picture. He has a vast collection of AWESOME hummingbirds & Pelicans. Also pictures of other Wildlife and birds around the cabin. He also enjoyed an early morning boat ride in search of the “perfect shot”.

At age 74 he fully retired and donated his time and cooking skills to fixing meals for the less fortunate. He absolutely LOVED doing this. Said it was one of the most rewarding things that he has ever experienced. He worked at a small mission not far from the house and for the last 3 years it held his heart. He loved it and the people that came there loved him. On the days he wasn’t cooking they would ask – where is Mr. Ken?

His Christian Faith was very important to him – especially in his later years! About 3 years ago he found the Lord again and became very involved in studying and learning the Bible and teaching it to others. He even beginning to do sermons as a guest speaker and was fortunate enough to bring a couple people to the Lord. That was most exciting for Ken.

3 of Ken’s biggest highlights and proudest moments were getting a small speaking part/ cameo in the movie Rainman in 1987. He met and rubbed elbows with Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise. Truly a defining moment for Ken – from Foster Homes to a movie star – WOW! Also in 1987 he got his picture taken wit Bo Derek. That was the biggest smile that ever crossed Ken’s face – he was in heaven. And the biggest thrill of his life was working front corner ringside as Security @ all major fights that Caesars Palace hosted in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. He LOVED it! Meeting and having his picture taken with all the fighters was a dream come true. He had many stories about those days.

Ken is survived by his wife Nancy Barry of Las Vegas, daughter Karen (Jack) Mitchell of Benton, AR, son Gary (Michele) Lowden of Winfield, KS, daughter in law Alyce Lowden of Ottumwa IA, brother in law Bill (Mary) Barry of Las Vegas, sister in law Kathy Sannes of Webster SD, special friends Jan & Joe Barraza of Las Vegas, former wife Glenda Martin of KS, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son Kenneth (Woody) Lowden, both of his parents, 1 sister, and 5 brothers.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests you pick a charity of your choice in Ken’s name OR City Mission of Las Vegas – 3983 East Desert Inn Rd – Las Vegas NV 89121