Kenneth S. Pavelek
March 6, 1943 - June 5, 2017
Ken, 74, was born to Frank and Jean (Hemshorn) Pavelek in Palo Alto, CA. After the family moved to Salem in 1948, Ken attended St. Joseph's Grade School. In 1961 he graduated from Serra Catholic High School. Ken began his career with the City of Salem after graduation and retired as City Building Maintenance Superintendent in 1998.
Ken was an Eagle Scout, Supply Sergeant in the USMCR, and a volunteer diver for the Marion County Sheriff Department. Ken will be remembered for his annual salmon trips to Yakutat, AK, his delight in delivering gifts to struggling families at Christmas, his Christmas light displays, and holiday spirit. Ken was an avid rock hound and lapidary artisan, geocaching enthusiast, master diver, fisherman, world traveler, and man of wit. Ken was a devoted husband to Joan for thirty-six years and they enjoyed many interests and adventures together. He and Joan spent winters as "snowbirds" in Queen Valley, AZ. He was known for his generous dedication to his loved ones.
Ken was diagnosed with late stage cancer on May 30, 2017, placed in ICU, Salem Hospital, and died within the week surrounded by his loving family. In his last days, Ken wanted to remind people to not put off the good that can be done today. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ken is survived by his wife, Joan; children: J. Dean Pavelek, Bill Clayton, and LeighAnn Allen; brothers and sisters-in-law: Gerry (Anne), Dick (Pam), and Don (Carol); five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made towards the installation of the Casavant pipe organ at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Chemeketa St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.
A rosary vigil will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 11, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Chemeketa St. NE Salem, Oregon 97301, at 10:00 am, on Monday, June 12. It will be followed by a procession to Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Angel and a reception later at St. Mary's Parish Hall.