Friends and family of Army veteran Ken Sugg dedicated a bench in his name Saturday in Port Angeles waterfront park. (Mark Swanson/Peninsula Daily News)

Friends and family of Army veteran Ken Sugg dedicated a bench in his name Saturday in Port Angeles waterfront park. (Mark Swanson/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles bench dedicated to Army veteran

Kenn Sugg, 44, died of a heart attack while hiking in Olympic National Park last year.

PORT ANGELES — Members of the American Legion Riders gathered Saturday with friends and family of Army veteran Ken Sugg to dedicate a bench in his name along the town’s waterfront park.

Sugg, 44, died of a heart attack while hiking in Olympic National Park on Sept. 27, 2015, said his wife, Terri.

The aluminum bench faces the mountains where he enjoyed hiking and riding his bike, said his wife.

Terri Sugg credited Ken’s friend and fellow veteran, Kurt Rigby, for spearheading the fundraising campaign to pay for the bench.

Ken Sugg served in the Army Signal Corps in Germany and in Iraq from 1989 to 1993.

Sugg fished on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska before returning to Oregon to earn his bachelor’s in engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology.

More recently, Sugg was employed by Nippon Paper Industries USA in Port Angeles.

“I really appreciate everyone being here” for the dedication, Terri Sugg said.

She was joined by two daughters, Brenna and Hannah, at the dedication along with a son, Quinlan.

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Assistant Managing Editor Mark Swanson can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55450, or [email protected].

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