Ken was born to Isaac and Helen Chatterton in Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his first wife Cleoda Chatterton (nee Dougan), and his second wife Daphne (Dougan) nee Cox, his sister Jean Hoover, son Wayne Chatterton and step-daughter Sandra Murtough. Survived by sons Alan Chatterton (Joan) and Lindsay Chatterton, grandsons Matthew Chatterton (Danielle) and Stephen Chatterton (Sasha) and great-grandson Wells Chatterton; step-son Jim Dougan, step-daughter Nancy Bennett (Alan), step -son-in-law Marc Murtough, eleven step-grandchildren and sixteen step-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews from his, Cleoda’s and Daphne’s families.
Ken grew up on a prairie farm during the depression where there was an abundance of hard work and very little in the way of money or material items. These formed the groundwork for his hard working and “waste not” lifestyle philosophy. His call-up to the Canadian Forces came near the end of World War II but, because of food shortages in Britain, he continued to work on the farm until the end of the war. In the winter Ken worked in a northern Ontario prisoner-of-war lumber camp as a cook and horse team wrangler.
Shunning the farm life Ken came to southern Vancouver Island in 1946 to work in the logging industry. This was where he met and married Cleoda Dougan and was adopted into the Cobble Hill Dougan family. In 1960 Ken moved his family to Campbell River where he spent much of his working life as a faller in the Johnstone Straits area north of Campbell River. Following the death of youngest son Wayne, Ken and Cleoda moved back to Cobble Hill to become farmers once again and where they enjoyed watching their grandsons Matt and Steve grow and where they spent happy times with their extended family and friends. Following Cleoda’s death Ken married Daphne in 1993. Shortly after marrying Daphne, Ken retired from farming and he and Daphne moved to Duncan. After Daphne’s passing in 2014 Ken spent much of his summer time flying radio controlled airplanes and winter time curling, a game he loved and was successful at for over sixty years.
Ken was always a source of strength to his family and an inspiration to both his family and his neighbours who marveled at his active lifestyle, his independent character and keen mind until his passing.
A Celebration of Life for all who wish to attend will be held in the Kerry Park Social Lounge in Mill Bay on May 7, 2017 from 2:00 and 4:00. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing could donate to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation or the charity of their choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hwwallacecbc.com