Kenneth W. Kerley - Resident of San Jose
February 3, 1938 - May 3, 2017
Ken Kerley passed away unexpectedly at his beloved ranch in Gilroy on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Born to Joe & Elinor Kerley on February 3rd, 1938 in San Jose, Ken lived his entire 79 years in San Jose.
Ken was the second of four children and attended Lincoln High School in San Jose. He went on to study at Menlo College before opening his first used car lot - the start of a long and successful career as an automobile dealer. He met Alice Howard one Sunday at Neighborhood Church in Willow Glen, and four years later they were married. Ken’s Christian faith continued to play an integral role throughout his life. Ken and Alice had 3 children; Cheryl, Jeff, & Rodney.
Ken went on to join his father at Joe Kerley Lincoln Mercury, and enjoyed 50+ years in the automobile business. Many people will remember buying a car from the Kerleys on Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose. From an early age, Ken loved the outdoors, and spent many days duck hunting, fly fishing, horseback riding or driving his jeep around Castro Valley Ranch in Gilroy. Although he lived his entire life in San Jose, he enjoyed countless trips with family and friends. He was a supportive father and grandfather, never failing to show up at the important events in the kids’ lives.
Ken was preceded in death by his brother Joey and his son Jeff. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice, daughter Cheryl (Brad) Hempy, son Rod, brother Mike (Chris), sister Carol (Linda), and 7 grandchildren: Kristin, Scott (Kylie), Kevin, Lesley, Chase, Matthew, & Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Young Life’s Capernaum (1123 Hanchett Avenue, San Jose, Ca 95126), an organization serving disabled students, that Ken and Alice helped found, or Ducks Unlimited (One Waterfowl Way Memphis, TN 38120), a nonprofit dedicated to preserving wetlands.
Celebration of life will be held at Church on the Hill, 500 Sands Dr, San Jose, CA 95125, Wednesday , May 10, at 4:30PM.
Darling-Fischer Family Mortuaries