8/18/2014 Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO, 2:00pm, Staging area ‘A’
8/18/2014 Celebration with jokes, jazz and BBQ to follow at the Pat Hannon VFW Post #4666, 5748 S. Gallup Street, Littleton.
Ned Bertram Kain
February 8, 1927 :: Sedalia, Missouri
July 27, 2014 :: Colorado
Ned Bertram Kain of Littleton, CO died July 27, 2014 while returning from a fishing outing to Deckers with his son, Joe.
Ned was born February 8, 1927 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sedalia, MO to Jewish immigrants Joseph and Gitel Kain. He was the youngest, and last survivor, of 10 children.
Ned loved his family, jazz and pop music, and sports in that order. He fell in love with jazz at the age of 10 and was a jazz historian as well as a jazz fan. Ned loved singing jazz tunes, particularly the Great American Songbook of all the great American composers, such as Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, et al. . His formidable store of jazz knowledge was gleaned from a lifetime of insightful listening and research and conversations with jazz artists.
A member of The Greatest Generation, Ned served as a radioman for the US Coast Guard in the South Pacific during WWII. He also enjoyed a long, successful career in the metals business, during which he forged deeply treasured, lifelong friendships and won many sales awards. Ned was a Life Scout and enjoyed working with kids. He was an assistant Scoutmaster for St. Pius X Troop (Mission, KS); and coached 3 & 2 youth baseball and CYO basketball for 4 years, in spite of a grueling work and travel schedule.
Ned was a proud member of VFW Post #4666 in Littleton. His efforts on behalf of the Buddy Poppy Campaign helped keep his post #1 in donations for years among all Colorado VFW posts. He also volunteered for Littleton Public Schools for over 10 years. The love and support of teachers and students alike, especially his Highlands Elementary “family,” sustained him and brightened his final years, as evidenced by the large collection of cards and mementos carefully saved and fondly spoken of.
Ned was preceded in death by his son, Daniel, and wife, Virginia. He was only briefly survived by his son, Joseph. Father and son died within hours of each other from injuries sustained during a car accident on July 27. He is survived by daughters Julie (Roger) Sedlachek, Seal Rock, OR; Susan (Marty) Kain, NY, NY; Elizabeth (Ron) Kain, Littleton, CO; daughter-in-law Carol Kain, Overland Park, KS; and grandchildren Marcus Kain, Overland Park, KS; Megan Kain, Echo Park, CA; Alex Kain, Overland Park, KS; and Nathaniel Zaik, Littleton, CO. Ned is also survived by granddogs Skittles and Colin, who miss Ned’s nightly dinner call, dropped snacks and loving hand draped over the arm of his chair at head-patting level.
Military service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, August 18 at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. Celebration with jokes, jazz and BBQ to follow at the Pat Hannon VFW Post #4666, 5748 S. Gallup Street, Littleton.
In lieu of flowers, Ned wished for donations to be made to no-kill animal shelters, Pat Hannon VFW Post #4666, or Freedom Service Dogs.