It is hard to believe, but Ken Kono left this earth and flew to the heavens on October 26, 2016. He was at peace and at rest. My dear sister Julie was holding his hand. He lived a full and extraordinary life. I am so proud to have been his wife and friend for 23 short years. Oh it was fun and full and rich and challenging. A friend asked that I provide a link to his memoir again and here it is: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/5929188/0b1270f281b264413391a92e90b46eb814f0cd48
Oh! (Ken has) slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward he has climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of
-- Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there.
He has chased the shouting wind along, and flung
His eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
He's topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew--
And, while with silent lifting mind he's trod
The untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out his hand, and touched the face of God.