Kenneth Ross PecoraApril 12, 1928
Kenneth Ross Pecora
Kenneth R. "Ken" Pecora, Major USAR (Ret.) passed away peacefully at his home May 10th, 2017.
He was born in Boise, April 12th, 1928, the son of Ross and Signa Soderman Pecora.
He grew up in Southeast Boise where he attended Garfield Elementary School, Boise Junior High School and graduated from
Boise High School in 1946. He was active in sports, especially Track and Field, excelling in the Pole Vault, an event he continued to participate in at Boise Junior College. He later established the Ken and Shirley Pecora Endowed Scholarship for Track/Pole Vault at Boise State University. He was a Track and Field Pole Vault Official for NCAA and USA Track and Field, receiving many awards.
After graduating from Boise High School in 1946, he and five of his classmates joined the United States Army and served together in the Occupation of Japan. After returning to Boise, he continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) retiring as a Major.
Ken was active in the Boy Scouts of America, he was an Eagle Scout and served in many positions. He was a Scout Master for the Boise and Mountain View Councils, taking the the area Boy Scouts to attend the 1950 Valley Forge National Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge Pennsylvania. He received the Silver Beaver award and was elected into the BSA Ore-Ida Council Hall of Fame.
Ken and his wife, Shirley Bower, married 66 years, met at a dance in the mountain community of Bear, Idaho. Over time they were blessed with five children, Kyle, Kent (deceased), Kenalee, Kerrie and Kurtis. Ken was a very devoted and loving father. He attended all their school and sporting events. He taught them how to fish and hunt and enjoy the wonders of Idaho. Ken and Shirley purchased a ranch at Bear, Idaho on Bear Creek and the family spent many happy summers there with family and friends.
After retiring from Syms York Printing Co., Ken became a part-time rancher raising cattle at Bear in the summer and Boise during the winter. He was an avid Boise State Bronco Alumni and never missed a football game as long as health permitted.
Ken is survived by his wife Shirley, sons Kyle (Rebecca), Kurtis (Sara), daughters Kenalee and Kerrie (Chip), his grandson Jake Hone, ten granddaughters including Kerry Dougherty-Ward (Kevin) and Alexandra "Ali" Pecora and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Corrine Stoddard, sisters-in-law Wilma Pecora and Frances Peterson and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William "Bill" Pecora and son Kent Pecora.
The family would like to express our thanks to St. Lukes Hospice, especially Kayla, Athena, Shelly and Jennifer for their compassion and assistance with Kens care.
In keeping with Kens wishes, there will be no formal service. A private family internment with Military Honors will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Ken if desired can be mailed to:
The Ken and Shirley Pecora Endowed Scholarship for Track/PoleVault c/o Bronco Athletic Association 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725-1020 or The Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida Council 8901 W. Franklin Rd. Boise, Idaho 83709-0638. -