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In Memory of

Kenneth Alvin Ambers

April 30, 1918 - March 24, 2015

Obituary


Kenneth Alvin Ambers, 96, of Milpitas CA, quietly passed away March 24th 2015, while in care at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno.

"Ken" was born in Bismark, North Dakota to Martin and Lucille (Meyers) Ambers, as the second of eight children. He married Luella Peterson on May 8th, 1944, and he preceded her in death on April 12th, 1984. He then remarried to Hortense S. Andrade on August 10th, 1984, in Nevada by whom he is survived.

His four sisters Matilda McNeil, Vivian McAninon, Marvel Voss, Virginia...

Kenneth Alvin Ambers, 96, of Milpitas CA, quietly passed away March 24th 2015, while in care at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno.

"Ken" was born in Bismark, North Dakota to Martin and Lucille (Meyers) Ambers, as the second of eight children. He married Luella Peterson on May 8th, 1944, and he preceded her in death on April 12th, 1984. He then remarried to Hortense S. Andrade on August 10th, 1984, in Nevada by whom he is survived.

His four sisters Matilda McNeil, Vivian McAninon, Marvel Voss, Virginia Koch, Genevieve Baker, and two brothers, Cecil and Merle Ambers, preceded his death. Kenneth was survived by his only son- Michael Ambers, his daughter-in-law- Bernadette Ambers, and his three grandchildren, all of California.

Ken grew up in Driscoll, North Dakota farming, until he joined the Army National Guard in Fargo on February 10, 1941. He was enlisted into the 164th Infantry Regiment (Company B) and assigned with the Americal Division, in which was the first U.S. Army unit to engage in offensive action during World War II in the Battle of Guadalcanal. The 164th fought alongside the Marines in a series of encounters with Japanese units in the Point Cruz area, where they successfully dislodged enemy troops from two hilltop strongpoints. Their action earned them the nickname "The 164th Marines." Members of the 164th were also known as "jungle fighters" within the U.S. media because of the terrain on which they fought. During the battle Ken quickly moved up the rankings to Sergeant.

After being medically discharged due to a knee wound, Ken moved to California and began work at the San Jose Ford Assembly Plant, as a Journeyman Welder in the Maintenance Department. During his time off from the plant, Ken loved coaching baseball to his son Michael. He couched for the Northern Little League in San Jose, California for more than seven years, taking home six pennants! Baseball had become one of his favorite pastimes.

After retiring, Ken continued to work with his hands, building furniture and working, as a handyman for loved ones. He stayed up to date with baseball teams and stats. He also participated with the VFW and American Legion for over thirty years.

We invite friends and family to honor Ken, including those who may have played baseball in the Northern Little League during 1963-1969 and/or worked at San Jose Ford Assembly Plant located in Milpitas, during 1945-1984.

Ken's Rosary will be held Friday, May 01, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Lima Family Milpitas Fremont Mortuary, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539.
His Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 11:30 am, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 279 South Main Street Milpitas, CA 95035.

We ask attendees to not wear all black, but rather any baseball attire of their choice, in homage of Ken's love for the game. In lieu of flowers we are asking donations be sent to any one of these organization: American Legion, Mission City Post 564, 2120 Walsh, Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050; or Veterans Guest House, 880 Locust Street Reno, NV 89502-0948.