Ken Churchill

Obituary of Ken Churchill

Peacefully and surrounded by family, Ken Churchill, passed away on December 24, 2020 at the age of 63.

Ken was born November 11, 1957 in Newport News, Virginia, to Gary and Joanie Churchill[Eckerle}. From 7-12 years of age, Ken and his family lived on a 30-acre farm in Media, Pennsylvania. There they raised sheep, horses, ponies, goats and numerous wild chickens along with dogs and cats. Ken enjoyed sharing his warm memories of growing up on the farm with family and friends; memories of taking wild toboggan rides down the front yard hill to catch the school bus, his cat Sugarfoot, and his mom's pet goat "HOSANNA." On May 16th, 1987 he married his best friend Monica Churchill[Paz} . They raised two wonderful sons, Tyler and Austin, who he loved so much and was so very proud of along with his daughter-in-law Lauren.

Ken was an entrepreneur. He owned his own firewood business and was a chef at numerous restaurants for many years, but his dream was to own his own restaurant. That dream came true when he became the proud owner of Old Monterey Cafe'.  He later pursued other business endeavors with great success.

Ken loved long walks on Carmel beach with his family and dogs. His favorite vacation spot was the Big Island of Hawaii. A pool, beach, fine meal and a shaved ice brought him so much happiness.  He loved drives to Los Angeles to see family, drives to San Francisco to find the best Crab Louie and a ski trip to Tahoe here and there with his sons.  Ken was known for his quick wit, larger than life personality, entrepreneurial skills, infectious smile, and cooking - you would often find him in the kitchen cooking up a feast for family and friends.

Ken touched the lives of many people with his generosity working with Dorothy's Kitchen, Palma High School's Edmund Rice Society, United Way, and numerous organizations associated with the Carmel Mission. He will  be deeply missed by family and friends and all that knew him

Ken is survived by his wife of 33 years, Monica, sons Tyler[Lauren} Austin, brothers Roger{Lynn}, Eileen sister-in-law and his sister Lesley, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Ken was preceded in death by his father Gary and his mother Joanie, his sister Laurie, his brother, Mark, Joanna[Nana], Alice[Granny}, John[Grumps] Uncle Walt, and Aunt Bunky.


A Service and Celebration of Ken's Life will be held at a later time when family and friends can gather safely.

Donations may be made to: Michael J. Fox Foundation at 


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