William K Bertken Jr.

June 8, 1928August 13, 2013

William Kenneth (Ken) Bertken Jr. philanthropist, Navy veteran, and member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Roseville, passed away on August 13, 2013. He was born on June 6, 1928 to Lucilla O’Dowd and William Bertken Sr. in San Francisco.

He was raised in San Francisco and attended the University of San Francisco where he graduated in 1948. Ken served as a pilot in the Navy. He worked in sales and marketing and retired in February 2009.

Ken’s limitless spirit, infectious laughter, and love of music will be deeply missed. A true Irish soul.

Ken is survived by his life partner, Doris Baldwin, his brother Thomas (Sheila) Bertken of Alameda, and his children, Kevin Bertken, Dennis Bertken (Renee), Jennifer Roth of San Diego, Steve (Barb) Bertken of Lee’s Summit MO, John (Gail) Hawaii and Amy (Brendan) York UK, 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will held at Lambert Funeral Home on Friday August 16, 2013 4p – 6p with a Rosary immediately following. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Rose of Lima Parish August 17, 2013 at 2:00p.


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Rosary Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 17, 2013

William K Bertken Jr.

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Melissa Gentalen

November 16, 2013

Just found out about Ken's passing. He was a wonderful co-worker and friend. My condolences to his family. (Melissa Mapes)

Steven Yeager

September 11, 2013

My condolences to the Bertken Family.

I worked with Ken at Huntington for several years. I always enjoyed working with Ken, even when things were not going well with the company. He had a way of making things better when an angry customer called/emailed. On a personal level he was one of the nicest, kind hearted person I've met. Rest in Peace Ken, you will be missed.

Larry Gilbert

August 28, 2013

I am very sorry to learn of Kens passing and have many fond memories. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with.

August 28, 2013

Just found about this today. Very sorry to hear about Ken's passing. In my early years in the vacuum technology business, Ken was a great role model and inspiration. My condolences to the family, he was truly a gem. Alan Burrill

Donald Croteau

August 17, 2013

Ken was a wonderful teacher, great friend, and absolute role model. He took me under his happy, confident wing and truly changed my life forever...thank you ken