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Kenneth E. Wardecke
Kenneth Edwin Wardecke, 82, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17 at Woodland Village Nursing Home, Suring.
Born to Fred and Laura (Grosse) Wardecke Nov. 14, 1931 in the Town of Brazeau, he attended Goldhorn School through 8th grade and graduated from Coleman High School in 1949. He was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1946 and married Ruth Jeanne Cole in August of 1949. They lived in Yakima, Wa. and Glendale, Ca., then Harmony where he took up farming in 1956. He also worked for Signal Electric in Menominee until selling the farm and moving to Green Bay in 1964. He then married Virginia Jean Mary Hoppe in 1965 and in 1967 moved his family to Berrien Springs, Mi., where he worked building homes and employed several students from Andrews University, retiring in 1998. With help from his family, he built a home at Rost Lake near Coleman. He worked many jobs including picking fruit, logging, machinist and construction anywhere from Canada in the summer to winters in Florida and also drove motor home cross country. He loved sports, hunting, boating, bird watching and fishing, played saxophone and harmonica and sang in choirs and with quartets.
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Virginia) Wardecke, Crivitz; four daughters, Susan Stodola, Pound; Betty Jo (Wayne) Magee and Cheryl (Wayne) Smet, both of Coleman and Jan (David) Carpenter, Wildwood, Ga.; two sons, Ken (Cindy) Wardecke, Satsuma, Fla. and Jeffery (Susie) Wardecke, Crivitz; a good friend, John Holcomb, Porterfield; a step-son, David Hoppe, Pulaski; three brothers, Robert (Anne)Wardecke, Pound, Duane (Melodie)Wardecke, Suring and Ronald (Dawn)Wardecke, Oneida, Ky.; 23 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 27 step-great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Irene Wardecke and Corrine Dereszynski; a brother-in-law, Richard Dereszynski; a daughter, Diane Lois Dyer; two grandchildren; a son-in-law James Stodola and his childrens mother, Ruth.
Friends and relatives may call at the Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 4 p.m., with Pastor Rick Binford officiating. Burial will be at First Baptist Cemetery, Pound.