Kenneth D. Waller

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 8th, 2018

Kenneth D. Waller, 69, of Escanaba, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Ken was born on April 8, 1948, in Ponca City, OK, to Forrest and Katherine (Wolz) Waller. He was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from Ponca City High School.

In 1967 he served his country by joining the Air Force. He was stationed at K.I. Sawyer, Kadena, and Minot Air Force Bases where he serviced aircrafts as a Fuel Specialist.

On May 3, 1969, Ken married Yvonne Valiquette in Schaffer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Ken went to work for Ford, Chevy, and the Delta County Road Commission. He served as his Teamsters Union representative until his retirement from the Road Commission in January of 2011. Ken was a master mechanic who could fix anything, “southern style”. He was a woodsman, wood worker and loved to tinker with metals.

He coached wrestling and basketball, loved to go camping and travel the world. He was a connoisseur of coffee, whether in the states or abroad, Ken always enjoyed good conversation over a cup of Jo.

In addition to his wife, Yvonne, he is survived by his children, Clinton (Doreen) Waller, Brian (Michelle) Waller, and Carrie (Thomas) Curtice; grandchildren, Jessica Stevens, Saliena Morse, Tara Waller, Joseph Waller, Wyatt Curtice, Justin Waller, Yvonne Curtice, Owen Waller, Ethan Waller, Xander Curtice and 4 great grandchildren, Desiree, Noah, Jackson, Lily; siblings, Raymond, Don, Kay, Fred and Keith; and many nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jim Waller.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from noon -1 p.m. (EST) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bark River. A Memorial Mass will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Darryl Pepin officiating.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Waller family.

9 Tributes to “Kenneth D. Waller”

  1. Yvonne, so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss him at quarterlies.

  2. One of many cousins growing up with Kenny, one of my favorite cousins of the Waller-Wolz clan. Kenny will be missed. May God be with y’all in these sad times. Kenny, say howdee to Aunt Kathryn, Uncle Forrest & Jimmy…and to my folks & sister on the other side of life. Love with tears.

  3. I have very fond memories of the fun we all had in Ponca, Blackwell and Arvada. Regards to all.

  4. Dear Yvonne & Family

    It is with deepest sadness to here of your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this time. May all the memories you have made bring you happiness and peace.
    Hugs to all
    Ann Streichert and Mike King

  5. We were very saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a great, soft-spoken man who we enjoyed listening to. Ken always had a smile and we loved to hear his stories in his southern accent. May you cherish the memories that you have of his life.

  6. Brian, Michelle and family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your father Brian. It sounds like your Dad was a wonderful man who enjoyed life very much and loved his family. Praying fond and loving memories comfort you during this difficult time.
    Love, Deb, Charlie, Colby & Samantha

  7. My deepest sympathy to the Waller family and friends may you cherish the blessing he was in your lives and keep him close to your hearts. Psalm 130:1,2

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