|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1922|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2014|
San Diego County
Ken Berkstresser, 91, died January 24, 2014 at his home, succumbing to several degenerative conditions. Born March 19, 1922 to the late Leonard E. and Lois M. Berkstresser of Fulton County, Penn., his formative years were spent in Johnstown (Geistown), Penn. until enlistment with the Marine Corps in the fall of 1941.
He received communications equipment training at Camp Pendleton and deployed in the Pacific Theatre. In 1945, he and his brother Dale were employed by Pacific Telephone in Los Angeles. He retired from ‘Ma Bell' as a supervising engineer with microwave technology responsibility.
In 1947, Ken married the beautiful Canadienne, Gloria Cossette, and they enjoyed 62 gracious years together. They retired to Fallbrook to grow avocados and blood oranges, and maximize travel opportunities. Ken enjoyed all travel whether by boat, train, automobile or plane. the destination was immaterial to the process, and the return home was never the same route.
The Berkstressers were active in Fallbrook's service organizations and held offices in the Senior Center, Encore Club, and Community Theatre. Ken was also a proud life member of VFW Post 1924.
He is survived by brothers Len Berkstresser, Fallbrook, and Don Berkstresser, Nottingham, Penn.; cousin Jean Birky, Garden Grove, Calif.; brother-in-law Dick Cossette, Lake Havasu, Nev.; and sisters-in-law, Carole (Ron) Riggin, Oceanside, Calif., Carol (Roger) Cossette, Hacienda Heights, Calif. There are also three generations of devoted nieces and nephews, each of whom received Ken's special affection.
Ken is preceded in death by his wife Gloria; brothers Dale and Ted Berkstresser, and sisters, Lois Carrollton and Betty King.
The memorial honoring Ken will take place at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, Calif. on March 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. Please direct contributions to the Fallbrook Senior Center or the VFW Post 1924, Fallbrook, Calif.
Leonard E Berkstresser (1898 - 1979)
Lois Margarette Laidig Berkstresser (1898 - 1990)
Gloria Yvonne Cossette Berkstresser (1927 - 2009)*
Kenneth Berkstresser (1922 - 2014)
Dale Eugene Berkstresser (1925 - 1995)*
Lois Berkstresser Carrolton (1930 - 2009)*
CPL US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: Section CBN Row 4 Site 125
Created by: Danamite
Record added: Mar 20, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126628568