Born September 5, 1948 Ken graduated to heaven June 12, 2019. Ken attended Lincoln Elementary, Jacob’s Junior High, graduated Eureka High School and attended College of the Redwoods.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army, earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange, which sealed his fate to Parkinson’s Disease 50 years later.
Ken loved to play slots at Bear River Casino with his driver and gambling buddy, Cheryl. He loved Giants baseball, NASCAR, hunting and fishing, even releasing the biggest salmon he ever caught because it had not yet spawned.
He looked forward to going to Bear Paw Outfitters in Coleville, Washington every year with his hunting buddies Doyce, Vern and Gary, even though Vern and Doyce had to help him hunt the past few years.
Ken crewed for local stock car drivers, beginning in the early years with Mark Baldwin (#84) and later helping his nephews Aaron Byers (#38) and Donnie Brown (#55). He last worked as crew chief for Wolf Pack Racing with Mike and Belinda Ward.
He worked at Eureka Fisheries, Big Loaf Bakery and as a commercial fisherman with his dad, Jack, on the Winga. In 1985 he became an officer with Eureka Police Department. He received letters from several families commending him on how he handled a situation. Ken retired in 1999 due to an injury.
Ken is survived by his mother, Norma; Kerry, his wife of 49 years; daughter Kimberly Cox; grandchildren Jesse and Sarah; sisters Karen Thomas and husband Lee, and Kathleen McCauley; stepsister Diane Viale and husband Cliff; stepbrother David Startare and wife Tammy; sisters-in-law Cheryl Byers and husband Vern and Colette Eaton; brother-in-law Doyce Eaton and wife Sharon; nieces, nephews and lots of cousins.
Ken was predeceased by his dad, Jack McCauley, his stepmom, Marylou McCauley and his twin granddaughters Elizabeth and Julianne Cox.
Ken suffered much this past year but fought valiantly to the end. I will miss him.
Services will be held: July 18, 2019, 11 a.m., at Moose Lodge, 4328 Campton Road, Eureka.
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