KENNETH WAYNE O’RAND, 81, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2023 at the Hoffmann Hospice Home, surrounded by family. He was born March 17, 1941 to Alfred H. and Marjorie M. Orand in Teague, Texas. He moved to Bakersfield with his family as a young boy and attended local schools, graduating from Bakersfield High School. After High School, Ken served in the U.S. Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician (IC) aboard the USS Winston, USS Blueback, and Norton Sound. He was very proud of his service to our country and remained steadfast in his defense of the U.S. Constitution. Upon returning home, he attended Bakersfield College and worked as an electrician and project manager while raising his family including four children and one step-son. Over the past several years, Ken became a member of Valley Baptist Church and acted as a greeter welcoming those entering the doors on Sunday mornings. He also enjoyed living at Solstice Senior Living where he made numerous friends and was involved in many activities. Lifelong hobbies included hunting and fishing; he enjoyed these times with family and friends. He always looked forward to September 1st each year, when he would have the opportunity to connect with his sons, grandson, and old friends for the annual dove hunt including his last hunt in September 2022.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Alfred H. and Marjorie M. Orand; his brother and sister-in-law, Bobby L. and Nancy O’Rand; and brother-in-law, Kirby Aslesen. Survivors include his sisters, Janet Bashor (Gary) of Bakersfield, CA and Barbara Aslesen of Madisonville, LA. Four children, Kelly Leurck of Morro Bay, CA, Stacy Box of Bakersfield, CA, Jeff O’Rand of Newman, CA, and Darin O’Rand (Ilana) of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. Seven grandchildren, Thomas Leurck II, Daniel Leurck, Hailey Leurck, Cody Box, Carter Womack, Reaghan O’Rand, and Austin O’Rand. One great grandchild, Aspynn Leurck. He also leaves behind numerous and very special nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
Thank you to Dr. Ingy Ayad, Dr. Todd Farrer, Dr. Warren Wisnoff, Samantha Essenberg FNP-C (Hoffmann Palliative), Solstice Senior Living, Encompass Health, Liz Rogers, and Hoffmann Hospice for the wonderful care each of you provided to our father, and to Tim Kounter for the special friendship and always being available to assist when needed. A special thank you to the Hoffmann Hospice Home and staff as you made his final days peaceful and dignified beyond expectation.
Services will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery 30338 E Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA on January 23, 2023 at 10:45 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93308 at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring our father by donating to the following organizations in his name:
Hoffmann Hospice at hoffmannhospice.org
Valley Baptist Church at valleybaptist.org
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at lls.org
Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County at adakc.org
Disabled American Veterans at donate.dav.org