Kenneth Edgar Warren (Spanky)


Kenneth Edgar Warren (Spanky) died at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at Colorado University Hospital in Aurora, Colo., due to complications due to COVID-19. 

Ken was born to Percy and Francis Aug. 20, 1946, the oldest of three sons (Thomas and Douglas) in Warren Township, N.J. Ken graduated from Watchung Hills H.S. in 1964. Spanky graduated from Montclair State in 1969. He completed his master’s degree at Monmouth College and began teaching high school in Brick Township, N.J. 

In 1970, he met his future wife, Linda Stockdale, and they were married July 17, 1971. They bought a house in Pt. Pleasant, N.J., where they lived until 2000. 

Ken then took a job in Middletown, where he taught math and computer science at High School North until retiring in 1999. He was also head wrestling coach from 1980-1989. Ken was a teacher and a coach. Spanky was a bartender on the Jersey Shore for almost 20 years until he traded in his working summers to return to scouting. Like his brothers, Ken was an Eagle Scout and with two boys of his own and a love for the outdoors, he returned to scouting. He became scoutmaster of Troop 16 in Pt. Pleasant, N.J., in 1990. As scoutmaster, he rediscovered his love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, rafting and remained scoutmaster until 1999. 

Avid skiers Ken and Linda moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., near Wolf Creek, in early 2000. Spanky was a skier, too, and he enjoyed almost 15 years of skiing at Wolf Creek, 10 of which he skied over 100 days! Spanky and Linda traveled the world together; trips to Russia, Turkey, Germany, France, Ireland and Alaska were some of their favorites. 

Ken is survived by two sons, Matthew and Gary; grandchildren Faith, Elliot, Kimberly, Rheanna and Gabriel; and joins beloved wife Linda (2015), and daughters Kimberly (1977) and Cynthia (1975). Goodbye, Ken and Spanky, we will miss you!