John Bernhard Alden

John ‘Jack’ Alden of Olathe, KS passed away on August 4, 2015 at the age of 64.
Jack was born to parents Mary Elaine Johnson and Bernhard Warkentin Alden on November 11, 1950 in Kansas City, KS. He grew up on Lake Quivera in Shawnee where he enjoyed swimming, sailing and was part of the diving team at Shawnee Mission North High School where he graduated in 1968.
He married his love, Jean Ann ‘Jeannie’ Dempsey in 1971 and became a father to son, Scott in 1976 and daughter, Briea in 1980. After receiving a BS in Journalism from KU in 1972 his career began at WREN Radio in Topeka as a political reporter where he covered multiple National Conventions. He and his family moved to Lawrence when he was named News Director at KLWN-AM/KLZR-FM in 1976. He worked on and off-air at the station in news and sales until 1987 when he left to pursue a full-time career in sales.
During his time in Lawrence, he refereed junior high and high school football and basketball games throughout Northeast Kansas for over 20 years. He also loved serving as an occasional PA Announcer for his beloved Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. In Olathe, he enjoyed getting back to his journalistic roots by being involved in the Media Arts Ministry at Westside Family Church.
He dearly loved the water, classic rock, Kansas sports, a good political debate, his church community and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Judy Alden Camp; wife Jeannie Alden; son Scott Alden; daughter Briea Alden Berry; grandchildren Sean Alden, Alyssa Alden, Brooke Berry and Reid Berry.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr, Lenexa, KS 66227.
Memorial Donations can be made to Westside Family Church’s Global Missions program. Checks can be made out to One Life with ‘in memory of Jack Alden’ in the memo and sent to: One Life P.O. Box 860078 Shawnee, KS 66286.
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