Kenneth Earl Solders

March 30, 2010

By Staff

Kenneth Solders

Kenneth Earl Solders, known by friends as Ken and Kenny by those he worked with, died March 20, 2010, in Issaquah. He was 56.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. April 3 at Maximilien restaurant, 81 Pike St., Suite A, Seattle.

He was born in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 18, 1953. Ken graduated from Portland State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and business administration.

Ken and Barbara Fetty married July 19, 1986, and they resided in the Belmont neighborhood of Portland until they moved to Issaquah in 1988, when he joined The Peterson Co., a specialty food importer and distributor. He served as the vice president of Sales & Marketing. He coined their current slogan, “Delivering a world of good taste.” He was amused that a client called him “the Dick Clark of the Deli business.”

He lived his life passionately and he enjoyed driving one of his fleet of convertibles on the few sunny warm days the Northwest provides. Ken savored good food with friends and family, and a spirited discussion. Although an enthusiastic traveler, some of his most treasured times were spent at the beach with his family or playing golf at his favorite course, the Manzanita Golf Course. He believed in making the most of every opportunity.

He is survived by his mother Nadine, brother Jeffery Solders and his wife Barbara. Ken is loved by many nephews and nieces, who all will remember his joy, light heart and fun-loving nature at every family event. His greatest joy was his 15-year-old daughter Kirsten Solders, who was the brightest light in Ken’s life. He enjoyed supporting his daughter in academics, playing soccer, golf, the piano, marching in the band or just plain having fun.

Ken was full of life and love and we all miss him desperately! Ken would have wanted all of you to remember to value and protect your freedom as an American.

Remembrances may be sent to Rite Care of Washington, 3227 N.E. 125th St., Seattle WA 98125-4516.

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