He was born to Jim and Opal Bertwell in Cortez, Colo. on April 25, 1936, where he was raised and graduated high school. He spent one year of college in Boulder, Colo. Then he joined the U.S. Navy. He served on two submarines, the USS Tigerone and the USS Corporal from 1955 to 1959. Ken’s Crew was the last to serve on the USS Tigerone. His rank was EM3 (SS)(E-4). He was proud to have served his country.
Ken built Moab Lanes and it opened in June 1960. He was a very successful businessman with great help and dedication from Natalie Hettman. He was in business for almost 40 years, where he developed great friends and clients. He became a PBA member in 1980 and in his lifetime he bowled three 300 games. He served two terms as president of the Utah State Bowling Association and was a lifetime member of the Colorado -Utah Bowling Association.
Ken made many friends over his 40 years in the bowling business. He met his wife of 55 years at the bowling alley in 1960 and later married in June 1961. They had 55 wonderful years together. He taught his kids good work ethics, morals and values. He was a very caring and devoted husband and father.
Ken was always helping someone in need; he would help them out of a bind. When traveling alone he would always give hitchhikers a ride, he would have given his last dollar to anyone who needed it. He was a kind soul with a big heart and rough around the edges.
After retiring from Moab Lanes he went to work at Mega Blue for about two years, he then did a lot of volunteer work for the humane society of Moab. He was a very generous man when it came to his love for animals.
In 2007, Ken was inducted into the Utah State Bowlers Hall Of Fame.
Ken enjoyed hiking with his dogs; he also enjoyed target practice and flying model planes, and last but not least, bowling and his time with the family.
Ken is survived by his wife Shirley; children Bobby, Kerrie, Paula and one grandson Brandon; a sister Janet (Jeff) Jones and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Opal Bertwell, sister Yvonne Kenny, niece Edena Akin and many aunts and uncles.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thank you Dad. We are all so very proud of you as a husband, father and as a Navy veteran for your service to this country. He was special to a lot of people, especially his family.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Ken Bertwell’s name to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd. Kanab, Utah 84741, or to Moab Animal Shelter, located at 965 Sand Flats Rd. in Moab.
At Ken’s request cremation has taken place and services will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, with full military honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Moab.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com