Nov. 6, 1943 – June 7, 2013
Kenneth Richard Jury, 69, born Nov. 6, 1943 in Conrad, Mont., passed away on June 7. He resided in La Crescenta at the time of his passing.
After graduating from Paramount High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and the destroyer USS Twining. After leaving the Navy, he joined the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. He loved serving as the fire patrolman in the brush areas. He would check fire breaks and brush clearance in remote locations, often making friends with the homeowners. A service-connected injury caused him to retire early, but he kept up with friends through the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Assn. where he had been treasurer for 20 years. He was instrumental in raising funds for the purchase and restoration of antique fire equipment.
Ken was also a 20-year member of the American Legion Post #288 in La Crescenta. He was serving his fourth term as Post commander.
He was also a 30-year member of Pasadena Elks Lodge #672. There he served on many committees, was an officer and served twice as Exalted Ruler.
A long-time member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Ken played in the Bells of Joy, a handbell choir. He also cleaned the church each week and did small repairs.
Ken and his wife enjoyed camping in their trailer as well as cruising. Their trip through the Panama Canal was a particular delight.
He is survived by his wife Christine; son Michael; sisters Carolyn Grear (Robert) and Marolyn Brueckner; and his brother Ted Jury (Rita). He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Betty Jury.
Services will be held at Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.