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1922 - 2019
KENNETH COBURN Kenneth E. Coburn, 96, passed away peacefully March 31, 2019, at his home in in Boulder City. Mr. Coburn was born November 30, 1922 in Wyoming, IA. In 1943 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and qualified for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) instituted by the U.S. Army during World War II to meet wartime demands both for junior officers and soldiers with technical skills. Mr. Coburn attended Texas A&M University with courses in engineering while in the ASTP. He then deployed to Marseilles France and fought into Austria and Germany where he served as a combat engineer in the 103rd Army Division under General "Nuts" McAuliffe. On discharge from the Army he returned stateside and attended University of Detroit where he completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering as Salutatorian of his class. Mr. Coburn began his career with the Ford Motor Company in 1949. He provided innovative ideas, primarily in glass, and was responsible for planning and engineering of the world's largest glass manufacturing plant under one roof in Nashville, TN. He returned to Dearborn, MI to head the Glass Division worldwide. Later he became Manager of the Castings Dept. and went on to manage the Rouge Complex comprised of six Ford plants. After 30 years of service to Ford Motor Company, Mr. Coburn retired to travel extensively for a decade with his wife, Philomena, and finally settle in a lovely home on the 11th hole of the Boulder City Golf Course. Ken was an avid golfer. He was predeceased by his wife, Philomena L. Coburn; and son, Kenneth J. "Bud" Coburn. Mr. Coburn is survived by his sons, Michael F. Coburn and Thomas C. Coburn of Boulder City; and daughter and son-In-law, Karen and Bill Judge of Las Vegas; granddaughters, Shannon Judge of Camano Island, WA., Bonnie and Ross Garven of Boise, ID and Colleen and Brian David of Huntington Beach, CA; and eight great-grandchildren, Amara and Chase Mulhall, Garrett, Kamryn, Bradie and Brynna Garven, Zach and Reiley David. Arrangements are being handled by Palm Mortuary on Boulder Highway.
Published in Boulder City Review on Apr. 11, 2019
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