Kenneth Brown Vetterli

Great-grandfather, U.S. military veteran, traveler, entrepreneur

On May 20, longtime Claremont resident Ken (Kenny) Vetterli died peacefully at the home of his daughter, with much of his family at his bedside. He was 92 years old.

Son of Byron and Edna Vetterli, Ken was born and raised in Pasadena. After serving for five years in the military, he completed his college and professional education on the GI Bill and spent most of his 70-year career as a business executive and entrepreneur.

Always one to stay busy, after retiring from full time business he returned to school to earn his legal credentials,  which served him well in his retirement as an estate planner.

He was an avid traveler and tennis player, happily playing for years with “the geezers,” a Claremont tennis group made up mostly of retirees.

He met the love of his life, Carol, when he was operating the carousel at the Capitola Beach Boardwalk as a summer job. In later years the couple would boast that their proudest legacy was their loving family.

He was predeceased by his wife Carol, and his brother Byron (Bud).

He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Always the shining light at any event, he will be missed by his many friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Lucky Ones Coffee in Park City, Utah, at Lucky Ones is a nonprofit coffee shop that employs and empowers individuals with disabilities. The light of his life, his granddaughter Julianna, is a proud employee at Lucky Ones.


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