Kenneth Johnson (Kenj) Has Passed

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  1. SeaAndSky

    SeaAndSky Senior Registered

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    Ken Johnson, better known as KenJ here on the board, passed yesterday morning. He was a great friend that I never met in person, and a great friend to this board. I am sure that he will be missed by many, most of whom do not know his story and the hardships he overcame in his life (not that he ever seemed to feel sorry for himself because of them). His obituary is here:

    https://www.stubbsconner.com/

    This is a place where you can learn more about this extraordinary man, who built a life and success in construction only to find himself left with only the use of one arm after a terrible construction accident. However, he didn't let that hold him back. He overcame and went on to study and become a PhD, counselor, and computer guru. I owe a lot to his wise comments and counsel since I first came onto this board, and will really miss his presence here. However, unless the tides and currents of the afterlife sweep him back down here before we can get together up there, I do intend to see him again.

    Cordially,
    S&S
     
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  2. fireflydancing

    fireflydancing just a fly in the sky Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I will truly miss him.
     
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    inhaltslos Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    He will be missed. Fly high, @KenJ. Good mod and even better friend.
     
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    I miss him already. Hope our paths cross again someday
     
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  5. Tinkerman

    Tinkerman Administrator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    We will miss him; he was a real asset and friend to the moderation team and all of the members. I am most impressed by his courage, strength, and tenacity over the past few months, knowing his time in this life was coming to an end. Many blessings my friend... Tinkerman
     
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    I miss him too. It is so nice to see a photograph what he looked like in adult years, the man behind the computer, cellphone, although I must also say the picture of him as a child was absolutely adoring, he looked older/wiser in his eyes than his age. Thank you, SeaAndSky, for making of the thread with your wonderful words describing him. Godspeed, dearest KenJ.
     
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  7. Eva1942

    Eva1942 A Walking Enigma...

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    I find it hard to be sad when someone returns to Spirit, but just know that he will be back.. That’s the positive we should all take from our belief in reincarnation — that we will come back. Who knows in 20-30 years time, Ken may return to the forum, read all these messages and know how loved he was.

    The conversations I had with someone (Ken) who really understood what I talk about was golden. I bet he’s probably sitting up there looking at us all commenting on this thread. Good luck on your healing journey Ken! You will be missed, my friend.. ❤️

    Love, Eva x
     
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    I miss him, too.. :confused: we had private conversations I really appreciated... Ken- I wish you the best on your journey and I hope to meet you again sometime in the future..
    thank you sea&sky to spread the message!
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    KenJ, so glad to have met you in here. Thank you for the time you have shared with us in this forum.

    R.I.P. - until you return.
     
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    I am kind of new here but I talked to Ken a few times and enjoyed his posts here. I will miss him.
     
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    Oh that's so sad. I very much valued his kind friendship and wisdom, and will miss him a lot. Glad to have that photo, though - he looks just like I imagined. A lovely man, the world's a poorer place without him.
     
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    Sad about Ken Reading his most recent posts he was well and truly prepared and ready to move on.. That was a good thing and a great place to be before you move on
     
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    He will be missed
     
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    As a relative newcomer to these forums, I came to value the insights and steadying hand of Ken. Over recent times I've been intrigued by some of the posts from Ken, as he shared some of his experience with us during difficult times.
    He is missed. Have a good Journey.
     
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    I considered Ken my friend even though that friendship was soured by my need to fight. Either way, we made our peace in the end. I also want to mention his buildings. Its a shame you people can't see the wonderful dwellings he constructed. He was very proud of them and rightly so. They were unique as was he.
     
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    Agreed about the buildings, Jim. He showed them to me too. It was an incredible achievement when you consider his disability, and just shows what can be achieved by belief and determination. A lesson to us all.
     
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  17. TheDivineOne

    TheDivineOne Should've been born a girl...

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    KenJ will be terribly, sorely missed. His loss and absence is one that is, and will be continued to be felt, I'm sure, here throughout the forum. I've spoken to him here throughout the board and I commended him for not letting his hardships get the better of him and making a good life for himself in spite of it. I wish I had his courage. My deepest of condolences to his family and friends, and everyone who loved him. I hope his next life, when he reincarnates or if he does, will be better than the one he just left and that better things are in store for him.

    Rest In Paradise, Ken.
    KenJ, if you're reading this thread from the non-physical plane, thanks for all your help, bud.
     
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    So very sad, thank you for everything. Hope he now is in heaven and have answers for everything we wondered about here on earth and can say "I knew it!".
    Rest in peace.

    Best wishes
    Li La
     
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    Ken,

    I was wondering about you today and how you were doing--I come here to find you have passed on. That comes with both relief and sadness for me... Relief because I know how badly you were suffering at the end, physically speaking, and you wanted to leave before it became worse for you and your family. But I'm selfishly sad here... your wisdom, spirit and belief in me as a person was something that has helped keep me going these days. I find that you have passed on the day that my former self, Terry McDonnell, was shot down over SE Asia and remains missing to this date... I was in sadness that day, as is custom for me on that anniversary, but it was one of the brightest days of the year so far. The sun was shining, so I decided to go force myself into my back yard despite feeling like curling into a ball -- just to see how everything was growing. There, on my camellia tree, a lone bud bloomed. All the sadness I had felt for being alive, for not knowing the great mysteries of both life, and death and why 'I' remain missing dissipated. That bloom represented hope to me in that moment, just a singular moment of beauty that took me out of those worries and sorrows, and into something beyond.

    The past couple of days, for the first time in my life for years, I've felt free of that pain that has been burdening me. I've been determined to live in this body of mine. I went for a run Saturday morning in a local nature reserve, and truly felt alive. I've been seriously planning a trip to Vietnam, and found some veterans who will take me within 4 km of the crash site. I actually believe I can do it.

    Thanks, Ken, for sharing all you have with me. You touched this humbled soul with your wisdom and determination. My deepest condolences to your wife, and to your family.

    Until we meet again, brother, on this side, or the other,
    Ben (Landsend).
     
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    I cannot believe I only saw this now(welp this is what I get for being inactive) but I will always remember how welcoming he was towards me and invited me to post my memories on this forum so thank you, KenJ, for being welcoming towards members. It was nice meeting you here.

    I wish you the best of happiness in your afterlife and I hope that your next life will treat you better.

    If you return to this forum and read these messages, I hope you know that your posts are highly valued and your warm welcome towards new members was highly meaningful.
     
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