Kenneth C. Ryken entered peacefully into rest in Pleasanton, California on January 5, 2020. He was 54 years old.
Born April 27, 1965 in Walnut Creek, California to parents Richard “Dick” and Deanna Ryken, Ken graduated from Hayward High School in 1983. He went on to study at Chabot College, San Francisco State, and University of Southern California, where he received his law degree. He first practiced with Sedgwick LLP, and joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s office in 1996, where he worked, as finance director and then Assistant District Attorney, until his passing. He was a member of the 100 Club, Hayward Rotary, and on the Board of the Hayward Historical Society. Outside of work, Ken was a music enthusiast who especially loved the bass guitar. He collected and taught himself to play not only bass but also banjo, accordion, bagpipe and acoustic guitar.
Ken is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jean Luevano; children Jackson and Lauren; grandson Wesley; parents Dick and Deanna; siblings Tim Ryken and Kathy Vaughn; and many loving extended family members and cherished friends.
A Celebration of Ken's Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Wente Vineyard's Barrel Room, 5565 Tesla Ave, Livermore, CA.