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Kenneth Lee Loving Sr. was born December 29, 1952 in Portland, Oregon to Rebecca Loving and Martin H. Frierson they were united in love this union was short lived and they parted ways. Ken reconnected with his father and his other siblings by his dad later in his life. Rebecca later married William Marks and from this union eight children were born. Ken accepted the Lord as his savior and gave his life to the Lord as a very young man; he often attended all his family churches. Ken often would serve in any capacity he was needed in. When his health started to decline he would watch services on the internet and television.
Ken met and married Thelma Miller in 9-29-72; they postponed having children until they both completed their desired education. To this union three children were born. They later added eight children that grew up big in their hearts through the Foster Care and NACG grief alliance organization that focus on children that have lost their parents.
Ken worked in outside industry at the shipyards and Esco Corp. In 1975 an overhead ladle broke and poured hot molten steel over his co-workers; he rang the emergency bell and sustained 3rd degree burns over thirty percent of his body.
In 1977, he took a job with the Bureau of Land Management as a Forester Laborer. He worked all the NW planting trees for the Forest Service. When there were fires he went out to collect the seedlings to be replanted. When the job wanted to further integrate their workers and add women to his workplace. His white co-workers said, “NO.” Ken told them you didn’t want me on this job because of my race. So he went to management and agreed to train the women to further diversify his workplace. He was met with a lot of anger and animosity because they didn’t want change, but he did.
When another opportunity presented itself he took a job with Bonneville Power Administration to build power plants and substations. This position was 90% travel, but he loved to travel and see new places all across the United States. He loved coming home to family after his job assignments. In this position Ken again faced a lot of cruelty and animosity for being a Black man traveling with an all-white work crew. He couldn’t get a motel room because it wasn’t allowed in some places so he slept in the tool truck. He couldn’t go to some restaurants so he bought his food from a local store.
Ken took a job with less travel with the USPS (United States Postal Service) in the Maintenance Department. He was awarded a commendation award for putting out a fire that could have caused substantial damage to the mail and building. Ken was very ambitious and loved moving around. He bid on another position where he could drive the forklift and mule throughout the building. He loved working and being the breadwinner for his family. He also loved doing retirement parties for his fellow coworkers and having his kids take pictures and do memory books for his retired coworkers. Ken received several special achievements, commendations and awards throughout his lifelong work career.
Ken and his Uncle Isaac Loving were on a committee at Greenwood Hills Cemetery to maintain and beautify the grounds where his grandparents are buried. Wherever he lived he would come home to make sure the grounds were groomed and taken care of.
Ken loved to travel with his family, even taking his older family members with him throughout the south and the northwest. He loved attending family reunions and finding out about his ancestors. His favorite pastime was cooking for his family. He loved coaching his children and grandkids in whatever sports activity they were involved in. Ken’s hobbies were taking care of his home and caring for his cars. After he retired he loved helping his older neighbors and family with their home repairs. He and his wife loved antique car shows. He loved the classics he had acquired a few throughout his life and he loved working on them with his kids.
Throughout all of his endeavors, Ken was guided by his dedication to his family. He was a loyal husband, a devoted father, and loving friend, who always put the needs of others before his own. He had a heart of gold, and never hesitated to lend a helping hand or a listening ear to those in need.
Ken was a remarkable man, who touched the lives of all those who knew him. He will be deeply missed; but his memory will live on in the hearts of those he loved. Rest in peace Ken (Dad), you will always be remembered.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sibling: Tim Marks Sr., and granddaughter Faith Tyler.
Our beloved Mr. Kenneth Loving Sr. is survived by his wife Thelma and three children: Kenneth Loving Jr. (Lisa), Eleshia Tyler, Tina Loving. Six grandchildren: Keala, Kamara, Elessie, Sanaa, Olivia and Juniper. Siblings: Linda Hartley (Russell), Lucille Bundy, Rebecca Ann Marks, Howard Marks, David Marks, Donald Marks, Ronald Marks and Gloria Frierson-Griffin. Also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and Aunts.