GLADSTONE - Kenneth M. Ziems, 80, of Gladstone, died at his home Sept. 20, 2012, following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Lake Linden, the son of Fritz and Ruth (Wirtz) Ziems.
Kenneth graduated from Lake Linden High School and attended Michigan Tech University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1950 and served in Japan and Korea. On Nov. 29, 1952, He married Mary Christine Brown in Chicago, Ill. After his discharge from the Navy they moved to the U.P. and settled in Gladstone.
Kenneth was employed at Eaton and Yale then Mead Corporation as a Millwright/Machinist. He was active in Boy Scouts and Habitat for Humanity for a number of years. He also served on Church Council. In retirement he spent his time making beautiful carvings and wood turnings on his lathe. Kenneth was also an avid Packer fan and enjoyed sports.
Kenneth M. Ziems
Kenneth Ziems is survived by his wife, Chris; five sons, Michael (Debra) of Milwaukee, Wis., Patrick (Paula) of Superior, Wis., Todd (Ann) of Morogoro, Tanzania, Grant (Lois) of Gladstone, and Lance (Andra Bedard) of Kiva, Mich.; and a daughter, Christee (Adil) Khan of Kalamazoo, Mich. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and two sisters.
Kenneth's family will receive friends on Monday, Oct. 1 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Military Rites will be conducted at 5:45 p.m. by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71. A Memorial Service will follow at 6 p.m. followed by a luncheon in the church Fellowship Hall.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to SON-International which provides clean water to people in Tanzania www.son-international.org or OSF Hospice. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes are assisting the Ziems family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Ziems family, or to leave a memory tribute about Kenneth.