Tomball’s iconic tour guide and train conductor, Ken Walden, passed away on Sunday, May 3rd while at his desk inside Tomball’s downtown Depot. He was only 67 years old.
As the volunteer station agent for the historic Depot, Ken touched many lives as he shared his knowledge of trains and the city he loved. All Ken’s friends and fans are invited to attend a memorial service this Saturday, at Ken’s favorite place … the old train depot.
Memorial Service for Ken Walden
- Where: Tomball Depot
- When: Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM
- In lieu of flowers, the community will be building a legacy in Ken’s honor. Details pending.
Kenneth Patrick Walden, 1948-2015
Kenneth Patrick Walden, born in Tampa, Florida on March 16, 1948, passed away on May 3, 2015. He suffered an apparent heart attack while doing what he loved best; volunteering at the Tomball Depot.
He was preceded in death by parents Bill and Charlotte Walden and son Travis Patrick Walden. He is survived by his brothers Billy Walden and Fred Walden and wife Denise (all of FL) and sister Karen Perkovich and husband Joe along with cousins Steve Cowan, Rick Cowan, Peggy Condon, Mary Piehl and numerous other cousins, family and friends.
Kenneth was best known for his love of trains and because of that he got involved with helping to develop the Tomball Depot Museum. He volunteered at the Depot every Saturday and Sunday and for special events, giving tours and tons of information regarding trains and the depot.
For starting out as a quiet and shy youngster, Kenneth sure made up for it in his adult life. He loved to talk and always had an interesting story to tell. It was once stated that as curator of the Tomball Depot, Kenneth gave 5 minute tours in 20 minutes.
Kenneth was also a wonderful artist/illustrator and as long as it had a train in the picture, he was happy to draw or paint it. Most of the artwork hanging in the Depot was done and donated by Kenneth. He was a true asset to the City of Tomball and is going to be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Tomball Depot on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the community will be building a legacy in Ken’s honor. Details to follow.