Kenneth Cathey | January 28, 1931 – June 27, 2020 | A Good Guy

Ken Cathy referred to himself as “Bishop Boy.” He loved this town…and he always seemed to be smiling or laughing when around others. Sierra Wave wishes his family the best. He was a great guy.

Kenneth Cathey
January 28, 1931 – June 27, 2020

On June 27, 2020, our precious brother, Kenneth Gene Cathey, age 89, passed away at the Bishop Care Center in Bishop, Calif., after a short illness.

Ken is survived by his son, Kenneth Gene Coray (Cathey) of West St. Paul, Minnesota, three sisters, Betty Millsap of  Tulsa, OK, Rita Ceritelli of Corinth, TX, Margaret Louise Cathey of Hayward, CA, and one brother, David Cathey of Lewisburg, KY, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ken was born in rural McAlester, OK January 28, 1931 to Carl and Allcie Smith Cathey. They moved to Arizona in 1940 and then on to CA in 1943. In addition to CA, Ken has lived in several states; Minnesota, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada until he settled in Bishop, Calif. in 1998. Ken found his real home in Bishop. He loved living there and said (many times) that he never wanted to leave.

His last wishes were to be cremated and his remains be sent to his sister, Rita Ceritelli so a memorial could be held in Indianola at Indianola Cemetery, Indianola, Ok, where his Mother, Father, Sister, brother and many other relatives are interred.  These wishes will
be carried out as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic problems will allow.

Thank you to all of his wonderful friends for making his time in Bishop so happy.
A special thank you to Ken’s special friends, the Johnson family, who have been invaluable for our family for taking care of all the final arrangements with his belongings

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Dee
Dee
1 year ago

As Charles said, Ken was a good guy. He once told me the story of his family namesake small town in HWY 140 between Mariposa and Merced, Cathey’s Valley. It’s true!!… he really was always smiling, a very sincere and very friendly person. He captured many photos of me and… Read more »

Charles James
1 year ago
Reply to  Dee

Dee, thank you for sharing. He was constantly having me look at his half-dozen or so cameras when he had problems with them. I couldn’t always fix them, but he appreciated the effort. I finally gave him a couple of extra digital cameras that I had because he just hated… Read more »

paula cathey
paula cathey
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles James

Hello can someone who knew Kenneth well please email me I have a few important questions. My email is [email protected] I greatly appreciate anyone who can email me.

Charles James
1 year ago
Reply to  paula cathey

Paula, I have sent you an email. Ken was a great guy and I truly miss his company and sense of humor. Maybe your post will prompt others in the community to reach out to you as well. He was regular at the VFW. Best wishes, and my condolences.–Charles

Charles James
Charles James
1 year ago

Most of us that are fortunate to live here often comment on how different it is living in small communities where you actually get to know your neighbors and often run into people that you come to know outside of your neighborhood as well. In the jobs I have worked… Read more »