Kenneth Ray Moon

Oct 31, 1939 - Sep 14, 2017


“Thoughts about Ken” by Cheryle Moon

Mr. Kenneth Ray Moon from North Carolina –

Wow, God was watching over me when he gave me this dear man to spend my life with!

Ken was born in North Carolina on October 31, 1939. Yes, he was a Halloween baby and he always reminded me that his mom said she had a treat that day!

In 1958, after graduating from high school, Ken joined the Air Force and was stationed at Mather AFB near Sacramento and that is how he made it to California. He missed his family in North Carolina, but remained close to them, visiting as often as possible.

After his military service, he eventually became a City of Sacramento Police Officer. He graduated from Sacramento State University, all the while working full time and raising a family. Ken retired from the police force in 1993.

Ken, a.k.a Poppy, a.k.a. Wally, was just the most down to earth person who could always be relied upon. He was the first person that each one in our family would turn to if they needed help. He was a master observer and he would listen to the situation quietly and calmly, never judging the person and then he would say “I have a suggestion”….. and his solution would be spot on, so sensible. He loved nothing more than helping his family, or anyone else for that matter, with a problem. He would not give in until a solution could be found!

In the last years of his life, things were a struggle for him but he never gave up! He would always have a project in mind and if he couldn’t physically do it he would get his best friend, Don Ballard, to help him. Don was a steadfast friend in so many ways and stood by Ken even though some of his ideas for projects were pretty zany! During this trying time, Roger Harrison came over every Friday to include Ken in outings. Dave Benzon would stop by for good long chats about old car stuff.

Former co-worker Ronal Reagan always helped Ken get to Retired Police Officer functions when he wasn’t able to drive any longer. Tony and Carol Oliveira have been faithful friends for years. Jeffrey Gunther, his long-time friend was always so thoughtful and helpful. The two of them loved to solve the world’s problems over the phone as often as possible. Gerry and Irv Kagan’s shop was like a second home for Ken when he walked the downtown beat. Rick and Kyle Bell have been loyal and dependable friends for years.

And we have been blessed with so many other thoughtful friends and neighbors – too many to list!

Ken loved his children, son Ken and daughter Karen. He was so proud of his two grandchildren Travis and Tarah who brought him so much joy as he watched them grow into young adults.

Ken was my best friend……a good and comfortable friend. It was so reassuring to know that always had my back.

I will always love and miss him.


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