Military Service:

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
Passed Away:
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.


9 Responses to Ned Bertram Kain

  1. Maureen says:

    So very sad and stunned to hear this news. Reading a note from Ned and listening to a CD he made weeks ago. He will alawys have a very special place in my heart.

  2. Gene & Rosalee Cramer says:

    Will miss our dinners and Jazz dates when you came to Kansas City. We loved visiting and talking with you. What a great “cuz” you were. We will remember our Sedalia days so well, especially with Auntie and Uncle Joe Kain when my sister Louise Nan and I would visit them.

  3. Nancy Furnish says:

    My sincere condolences go to the Kain family. The loss of Ned is a big one. He was such a nice man. I was lucky to get to know Ned when I worked at Highland Elementary. You could always bet that Ned was going to be there every Friday, no matter what the weather was like. Everyone in the building knew Ned and he was so kind to all. I know he will be missed, by so many people. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Lisa Banks says:

    Ned, I’ll miss your smiling face and warm welcome every Friday in the teacher’s lounge. You touched many students’ and teachers’ lives with your stories. God bless you and your family.

  5. Keri McCabe says:

    Ned will be missed by all who knew him. We had a soft spot for him here at Highland Elementary. Ned was a loved volunteer at our school. He loved working with the students and they loved working with him! Ned was also a great story teller. I will miss seeing him every Friday. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  6. Kathy-Kennedy-Tuchfeld says:

    Dear Ned’s Family, What an amazing man! We looked forward to his humor, his talent, and his stories which we were blessed with each Friday as he volunteered his time at Highland Elementary. He will be greatly missed. We are so very thankful that Ned shared his life with us. Ned brought richness to our lives and we will miss him so very much! Kathy K-T

  7. Joe and Diane Leber says:

    Ned was one of those people you are glad to have known. If Jazz is not played in Heaven, it soon will be!

  8. Marcy Guthrie says:

    Ned, the staff and students at Highland Elementary will greatly miss seeing you every Friday morning come rain or shine. You were always willing to do whatever was asked of you to make my job easier and loved connecting with the kids. We will miss Friday treats with you in the teachers lounge and the jokes you’d tell. I will miss your friendship. Thank you for being my senior volunteer and the ten years of volunteer service you provided to Littleton Public Schools. You will be missed.

  9. Marvin Kanter says:

    Ned, no one had the good times in Sedalia, after the war, like you and I. I know ,by now,the good man above has forgiven us. I’m sorry we can’t take that trip now that we planned. But for your memorial I will go to the new Jazz bar and order 2 beers,listen to the music then go home play your tape and cry.The forward and aft lines have been cast off,now my friend” Anchor Aweigh and may the wind be at your back.”

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