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Kenneth Leroy Kaiponen

February 19, 1932 ~ October 16, 2018 (age 86)


     Kenneth L. Kaiponen, 86, a resident of Chassell passed away Tuesday evening October 16, 2018, at the Pine of Goodrich Assisted Living Facility in Goodrich, MI.

     He was born on February 19, 1932, in Trimountain, MI, a son of the late Waino and Ida (Koski) Kaiponen.  Ken was raised in Chassell and was a graduate of the Chassell High School with the class of 1950.

     Mr. Kaiponen was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Korean War. 

    Ken had worked on the Great Lakes for a short time before moving to lower Michigan to work as a Union carpenter retiring in 1992.  He was united in marriage to the former Geraldine Pasek. While residing in lower Michigan the couple resided in Redford, Farmington, and Oxford.  Since 1992, they have made their home in Chassell.

     Mr. Kaiponen was an active member of VFW Post #6507 of Chassell.  He enjoyed golfing, working on projects in his wood shop and a few sewing projects from time to time.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Robert and his sisters Elaine and Joyce.

     Surviving are:

          His wife: Geraldine Kaiponen a resident currently at the Pines of Goodrich in Good Rich, MI

          Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

     As requested no services will be held.

     Memorial donation in Ken’s name can be given to the Chassell VFW Post #6507

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       The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements.

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