Kenneth Lee Abercrombie, 67, Emmett passed away July 18, 2020 with family by his side. Ken was born October 12, 1952 in Gordon, Nebraska to Carl and Helen Abercrombie (Dobson). The family moved to Emmett in 1960 and Ken attended Vanderdassen grade school. He graduated from Emmett High School, Class of 1971, and he loved when it was a reunion year.
After high school, Ken graduated from Denver Automotive & Diesel College and went on to have a successful career as one of the best and most respected heavy duty mechanics in the west. Working at Interstate Mack before eventually becoming the foreman for Trebar Kenworth and finishing his career at a specialty drivetrain shop called Intermountain Gear, now ran by his good friend and longtime coworker.
He married Darlene Craven in 1981 and they had two children, Candice and Troy. Ken loved anything with a motor and if he wasn’t out racing somebody with Jim Humphries, Rick Beutler or Charlie Norris then he was probably at the racetrack with Darlene and the kids (and probably Jim, Rick or Charlie, too). When they weren’t racing, they were hunting, fishing and camping. He was an amazing father with an endless love for his children. Ken loved the outdoors, especially Third Fork and the family property in Donnelly. He especially loved the times he spent with his nieces and nephews: Tonna, Tracy, Bob, Carl, Ronnie and Randy. In 1990, Ken married Catherine Cort (dec.) and became a stepfather to Simon and Aaron. They were grown at the time but he loved them just the same.
Some will remember Ken for his intelligence. He was an extremely smart man who seemed to have the answer to any question you could throw at him. He could take anything apart and he could put it back together just as fast. He could tell you how it worked, or why it didn’t, then he could fix it for you and it probably wouldn’t cost you any more than a conversation and a cold one. Maybe a couple cold ones.
Some will remember Ken as the wild soul that he was. His father might have even described him as “an 'f'er and a fighter and a wild bull rider…..and a pretty good windmill man.” We never really knew what that meant but that’s what Grandpa would call you if he thought you were worth your salt. Ken drove fast, he loved hard and he burnt the candle at both ends…..and then he’d party in the dark. Maybe give a couple howls at the moon with Royce, Danny, JP and Charlie.
All of us will remember him for his smile. We’ll remember his infectious and characteristic laugh. We’ll remember him for his kindness and his generosity. Ken would give you more than he had, if he knew it meant you’d make it. He often did just that. He didn’t speak poorly of others, he didn’t hold grudges to anybody and he would forgive you before you ever knew you did him wrong. If you were ever his friend, he considered you as such until his last day and he never stopped telling you old stories. Ken wasn’t just the salt of the earth; he was top shelf Himalayan salt of the earth.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl (Shorty) and his parents, Carl and Helen.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Candice (Chris) Jackson and his son, Troy (Rikki) Abercrombie; his sisters, Cheryl (Sid) Cook and Phyllis (Don) Woolery; grandchildren, Calobe, Archer, Bowen, Lucy and Florence; his nieces, Tonna, Marek and Tracy Watt and nephews, Bob & Carl Cook and Randy Ossenkop.
A graveside service will be held at the Emmett Cemetery on Monday, July 27th at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, there will be an informal gathering (and endless storytelling) at the Emmett City Park.
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