Kenneth J. Schark, Sr.

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November 28, 1937 - May 7, 2017
Born in Newark, NJ
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Kenneth J. Schark, Sr., of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the age of 79. Loving husband of the late Patricia G. Schark; beloved son of the late Erich and Anne Schark (nee: Zakrzewski); devoted father of Karen (Kevin) Londeen, Kenneth (Kim) Schark, Jr., and Erich (Lori) Schark; cherished grandfather of Rachel and Lauren Londeen, Erich, Sarah, and Matthew Schark, and Charles, John, Samuel, and William Schark. He is preceded in death by his sister Arlene (Daniel) DiCorcia.

Ken grew up in Jersey City, NJ, and received a BS in Physics from St. Peter’s University.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army Artillery Division.  He retired from Western Electric/AT&T after more than 30 years as an engineer.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and kayaking.  Ken appreciated his membership with AA, and valued his sobriety and the lessons he learned taking it One Day at a Time.  He was dearly loved, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made to AA St. Louis.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Susan Baker Schmittling May 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I’m very sorry for your loss Erich. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Todd Weber May 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Maria McReynolds Weichert May 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Erich and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our family in Arizona is keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Carolyn May 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Kenny and family,
    So sorry to hear about your father.
    Thinking of you all.
    Carolyn and Barry

  5. ED RIORDAN May 9, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply


  6. Kim Bradford May 9, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

    SO sorry for your family’s loss. Ken and Pat have been our neighbors for years and we’ll miss him dearly. We’ve enjoyed his sharp sense of humor, quick wit, and matter of fact comments about anything and everything! He was such a devoted husband to Pat, I’m hoping they are having a joyful reunion. We’ll miss his teasing as he passes by with his window down and yells something funny out the window. Until we meet again my friend, I’ll miss you.

  7. Judy (Gentry) Claus May 9, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Erich, So sorry about the passing of your dad. We will have your family in our prayers.

  8. Marie Patella May 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Good night, dear Ken. Revel in your beautiful new surroundings with beloved Pat.

  9. Kathleen May 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Until we meet again sweet friend. You are a great testimony to the power of God and the fellowship of AA. I was always impressed by your smiling face and your commitment to others. You trudged the road of happy destiny. You won the war!!

  10. Michael Obrecht May 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I am sorry for the family’s loss. Ken was an amazing and bright individual. I still remember the first time we all went down to the pond SE of the houses, Kenneth, Dan, Kenny, Erich, Alan and myself as I recall. The horses came down from old lady Hutchinson’s barn and scared me (I believe I was 5 at the time) Kenneth was very comforting to me and I appreciated that.

  11. Kim Neustadt May 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    candle 3He was and will always be a great friend- kind, light hearted and always had wonderful advice. I will miss his smile and hugs. Rest In Peace my dear friend

  12. Phyllis Sandra May 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    candle 7To all of the Schark family….so very sad to hear of your dad’s (grandfather’s) passing. May he rest in peace. You will all be in my thoughts & prayers.

  13. charlie blumer May 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Ken-What a fine man. I’ll miss you.

  14. Don W May 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Super guy with a lot of wisdom….will be definitely missed

  15. Robert Davis May 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    candle 8I learned so much from Ken about the program and one day at a time. You will be messed my friend. I hear you laughing at me right now.

  16. Vicky Roganish May 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Erich and family….I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Prayers from Pennsylvania –

  17. Julia Strain May 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Karen, Erich and Kenny,
    I was saddened to hear that your Dad passed away. Like someone else said I hope he and your wonderful Mom are enjoying Heaven together. What a great couple they were!! I’ll never forget our times on Oakside Lane, camping on the Current River, me babysitting you three, piano lessons from your Mom. Dinners at our house or yours. Such great memories. Blessing and Peace as you grieve your loss. Comfort in knowing that they are living eternity in Heaven.
    Love you all, Julia (van der Linde) Strain and David Strain

  18. Betty "Daneri" Dugan May 10, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I have fond memories of Ken at St. Al’s High School! I was glad to see him at our 60th Reunion in October 2015.

    May he rest in peace.

    Betty “Daneri” Dugan, St. Al’s HS Class of ’55

  19. Kimberly A Sellini May 10, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    candle 1I will always remember you Ken by the actual tears of gratitude when you spoke. You were a good man, educated and funny. RIP buddy. Love you and see ya on the other side.

  20. Gerry Engel May 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    candle 7To Family & Friends,
    Ken was an AA brother & dear friend. He always had a joke and a smile. He dearly loved his sobriety and was always willing to share at meetings. We will all miss him and he will remain in our mind and hearts. Our prayers are with all who loved Ken, even though he was Army and I was Navy. (We joked about that a lot)
    Sorry I will miss the service at Baue. My AA Home Group meets on Thursday evenings.
    God Bless Y’All
    Gerry E.

  21. Alan Obrecht May 11, 2017 at 4:02 am - Reply

    candle 8I was a very good friend and neighbor of the family. Ken Sr. Was like an uncle to all of us. The obrecht and sharks did a lot has a group..bbq’s and thanksgiving day breakfast to name a few. You will be missed Ken Jr. Prayers to the entire shark family mainly his incredible kids he raised. They were definitely some of the best friends I ever had.

  22. Alan Obrecht May 11, 2017 at 4:04 am - Reply

    ^^^^^^^Ken Sr I mean#^^^^

  23. Darrell and linda May 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the lose of your dad.He is at rest now.Each day will be easier he is in God hands,no pain just rest If you need us call Love you very much You are our third son

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