US Navy

Kenneth Earl Elwell

March 30, 1945 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 75)


Kenneth Earl Elwell, 75, passed into the glory of Christ on September 6, 2020 at Bronson Commons in Mattawan. He was born March 30, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the late Leo and Dorothy (Brundage) Elwell.

Ken was a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1964. He served two years in the United States Navy and worked at Schaffer's Bakery for 40 years as a wrapper operator. He married Brenda Fortner on May 7, 1966 with which he had three sons, Rodney, Anthony, and Matthew. In 1985, he was reborn into Life in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Brenda; son, Matthew; and brother, Leo.

He is survived by two sons, Rodney and Anthony; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert (Janet) and David (Linda) Elwell.

Per Ken's wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. He will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

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