Remembering Ken Sr.
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear family member, friend, and ski partner, Ken Pribil Sr. Ken passed away in Florida in the early morning of March 29th, 2022.
Born on March 11th, 1950, Ken excelled in school and on the baseball field. He earned degrees in Engineering and Sociology with honors, served in the United States Army, and dedicated his professional career to law enforcement through 28 years of service with the ATF, FBI, Customs, and Department of Homeland Security.
Ken had a zeal for life and lived his life to the fullest in every way imaginable. To quote one of Ken's favorite lines: “Live each day like it is your last, because one day it will be!” He did exactly that with no regrets. Kenny will truly be missed by all.
Memories of Ken Sr.
Kenny was a ‘whirlwind’ of a man. He loved people and people were ‘drawn’ to him. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them. Ken was especially proud of his adult children and would speak of their many talents and accomplishments. He adored his two grandchildren. Anyone who knew Ken will miss him but he will be remembered by all. Rest In Peace, Kenny. - Patti B.
First, if anyone ever traveled, ski/rode with Kenny, or worked with him during the "Warrior years", there is no way one could ever have JUST one fond memory of a "Kenny Adventure". Every day was a new unbelievable adventure and a memory being made. Each Kenny adventure was the stuff of the best bar room, BBQ or beach party. Now to ride with Kenny, you had to be good and fast, as Kenny was the fastest. So as a snowboarder, to hang with Kenny, you had to ride fast, keep up, and always buy the first beer of the day. Kenny took me under his wing and welcomed Vinny Z. and I into his crew. Eventually I earned the coveted Vertical Value staff sweater. We had so many adventures and stories and party moments and near misses that nobody could fathom. Ken did for everyone out of love. He built me the strongest shelves for my bar and we put up an outdoor tent to help my business during Covid. We spoke when his foot first got messed up and he was in the hospital, little did I know how bad it really was. You know Why? Kenny never complained! No matter what, he remained an optimistic voice during troubling times. We always felt safe with him, a part of him, as one of the team! I love you Kenny, I thank you for coming into my life in my twenties, molding me, and continuing to be a part of my life for 25 years. We went through good and bad times and you showed me what the love of a friend can do to make one feel secure! I love you and considered you a second Dad.. I miss you already cause I never thought you’d leave us. - Mark E.
P.S. - I’ll never forget 2002, Florida motorcycle adventure. Vaya con Dios mi Amigo! I’ll see you on the other side and I bet you and Kenny Jr and all the Vertical Value crew that has passed will greet me at the gates with a smile, comforting love, and a shout: ”Keep up with us, it’s gonna be ok!"
Ken was a long time friend. His loss is a great reminder of "we know not when..." Ken was so active and a friend to all that it is hard to imagine him as being gone. I will remember him always and remember his family in prayer. - Edward B.
To the Pribil Family: Condolences on your loss. I worked with Kenny during his time with U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. - Rich D.
I send my deepest condolences and sympathies to Ken’s family. He lived life with no limits, no regrets, and made the most of every day. May his robust, vibrant, and lively spirit be with you all as you remember his life which was well lived. God bless you all! - Sincere M.
Condolences to Kenny’s family, loved ones and many friends. May God comfort you in your sorrow. Kenny helped me and my two young sons cross something off our “bucket list” in the year 2000, and that was to ski the Southern Hemisphere, in Bariloche, Argentina! It was a small “fam” ski trip that Kenny ran. Traveling so far and to unknown territory with two young boys… I tried not to worry because I knew Kenny was capable of handling anything. It was truly a daring, beautiful trip of a lifetime that my sons and I will never forget, and Kenny made it happen! Your colorful legacy will live on. I hope you and Robert are skiing together again on boundless mountains in heaven! Your Edelweiss “sister”, Janet F.
Remembering all the great ski trips that Kenny organized and that we were so happy to be part of. - Joann A.
Photos of Ken Sr.
Honoring Ken Sr.
Memorial services for Ken Sr. were held at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home at 655 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803. Visitation was offered on Friday, April 8, 2022. In honor of Ken Sr., we invite you to contribute to his memory in any manner that you choose.
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Ken Sr's love for his son was endless. He grappled with the loss of Ken Jr since his passing in 2006, and tearfully thought of Ken Jr. each and every day. In lieu of flowers, donate in memory of Ken Sr. and Jr. to support cancer research.
Ken Sr. was outgoing, energetic, and fun-loving. Please send special memories to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can enjoy all the good, fun, and interesting he brought to the world.