Kennith “Kenny” J. Michael, 88, Sidney, passed away April 28, 2021, at his home. Born March 8, 1933, in Liberty Mills, Kennith was the son of Robert H. and Blanche N. (McNear) Michael.
After graduating from Sidney High School in 1951, Kenny married Jenine M. Ross on Jan. 1, 1952, at the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren in Liberty Mills, where he was a life time member. Kenny was a great and supportive husband and father. He worked hard to provide for his family, making sure they never needed anything. Kenny was a self-employed farmer while working as a real estate agent and auctioneer with Eldon Metzger Auction and Realty for thirty years. He also drove school bus for Whitko Community Schools from 1975 to 1995. Additionally, Kenny worked for D&C Construction as a carpenter and helped at the Claypool Sale Barns for many years. Work was not everything to Kenny, however, as he enjoyed time with his family, especially spending summers in Burr Oak, Michigan and Birchwood, Wisconsin fishing and enjoying the company of his wife and the many friends they met during their time there. Oftentimes during deer season, Kenny traveled to Rose City, Michigan to hunt.
The loving memory of Kennith J. Michael will be forever cherished by his wife of sixty-nine years, Jenine Michael, Sidney; two sons: Marvin (Jan) Michael, Claypoo; and Ben (Deeda) Michael, Pierceton; two daughters: Gwen (Brock) Ostrom and Beverly (Kris) Dierks both of Claypool; one brother, Kam (Patti) Michael, North Manchester; three sisters: Darlene Eckert, North Manchester; Kay (David) Wall, Fort Wayne; and Karen Wolfe, Warsaw; son-in-law, Frank Yensel, Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and the countless people for whom he made wooden cross necklaces. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Yensel, who passed away in November 2014; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Wolfe and Richard “Dick” Eckert.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 1, at Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, 103 North Third Street, Liberty Mills. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling with Pastor Erin Huiras and Pastor Kelly Beutler officiating. Burial will be held at Fisher Cemetery, Kosciusko County Road 900 South and 400 East, Sidney.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Kennith “Kenny” J. Michael, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, 103 North Third Street, Liberty Mills, IN 46946.
The family of Kennith “Kenny” J. Michael has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.