Obituary: Kenneth Vernon Bostick Oct. 2, 1942 – May 28, 2022

On May 28, 2022, Kenneth Vernon Bostick, loving husband, father, and grandfather peacefully passed away at home after battling cancer.  Ken’s cremains will be interred at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery on July 29, 2022 at 11:00 am.  After the memorial service there will be a reception at his brother, Darwin’s home in Mimbres, NM.  

Kenneth was born on October 2, 1942 in Albuquerque, NM to Maurine Elizabeth Judd Bostick and Vernon Brower Bostick.  Kenneth attended college at New Mexico State University and The College of Santa Fe. He served in the United States Army, which included a tour in Vietnam. Kenneth began his career at the Nevada Test Site in the early 1960s.  In 1972, he began what would become a distinguished career at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Ken married Sharon Jean Hercl, ne Stephan, on August 17, 1991.

After retirement, he and Sharon moved to Pie Town, NM where he volunteered for several organizations including the Pie Town Community Council and the Pie Town Volunteer Fire Department. In 2018, Kenneth and Sharon moved to Las Cruces where he volunteered for three years at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. He is survived by his wife Sharon Jean Bostick, his children Kimberlee Lynn Schroeppel of Springville UT, Kallie Mae Firestone of Cambridge MA, and Kenneth Judd Bostick of Tucson AZ, and his step sons Gary Hercl of Houston TX, Timothy Hercl of South Elgin IL, and Paul Hercl of Corpus Christi TX, their spouses and children. Kenneth has two surviving brothers, Darwin Bleak and Harry Bostick. He was preceded in death by his sister, LaRue Gibbons, and his step-son, Daniel Hercl.