Mr. Kenneth Ray "Ken" Favorite

  • Born: June 30, 1938
  • Died: April 23, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kenneth Ray "Ken" Favorite, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday afternoon, April 23, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on June 30, 1938, the son of Vern and Alice (Potter) Favorite, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1962 to 1967. Ken retired from Denso Manufacturing in 2001 and had previously worked at Clark Equipment and Brunswick in Kalamazoo.

Ken married Catherine "Cathy" Livesay in Battle Creek on May 31, 2002; she survives. He is also survived by his son, Terry (Linda) Favorite; four grandchildren, Danny, Kevin, Travis, and Kaeligh Favorite; six great-grandchildren; five step children, Renee Crutchfield, Melvin Gudeman, David (Pamela) Gudeman, John (Tracy) Gudeman, and Rachelle (Joseph) Fabrazzo; ten step-grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; his sister, Joyce (John) Marks; and several nieces & nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Larry (Jocelyne) Favorite; and a step-granddaughter.

A Jeep enthusiast, Ken enjoyed tinkering with his jeeps and tractors, and in his early years he enjoyed snowmobiling and riding WaveRunners. He was also an avid sports fan, especially football and baseball.

Funeral services with military honors to celebrate Ken's life will be held 12:00 noon Friday, September 25th at the Fort Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the Solid Rock Bible Church of Delton, 7025 Milo Rd. Delton, MI 49046, would be appreciated. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Kenny was a great uncle to me and my siblings. I have so many wonderful memories and I will cherish them always. I will miss him. I am so glad that he was at my wedding and I was able to dance with him. Until we meet again.

Posted by Kathleen Favorite-Brennan - Port Charlotte, FL - Family   September 25, 2020

I only met you a few times with mom on your Friday night get-togethers. It was a fun time. So sorry for your family's loss, I know it's painful. They can rest assured knowing you are basking in the presence of the Almighty, no pain or suffering, only eternal joy.
Hug my son for me.

Posted by Lori Barrett - KY - Family Friend   May 10, 2020

Just read in the shopper of Ken's passing on to heaven I am so shocked because he was always healthy strong and active my thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the family may God bless you all Ken was a god-fearing man whom I will always remember and have a place for him in my heart

Posted by Joseph Nelson - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   May 07, 2020

Dear Joyce and family,

Being a classmate of Joyce, I was younger than Ken but remember him well. Ken, like Joyce and Larry, always got plenty of attention being tallest people in almost any gathering. One thing I can't remember, which is kinda bugging me, is which one was the record breaking runner; Ken or Larry?

I offer my condolences to all family members on your loss of Ken. He was a good guy.

And Joyce, would love to hear from you to learn about how you have spent the 60 years since BCCHS.

Sincerely yours,

Doug Markusic

Posted by Doug Markusic - East Leroy, MI - Acquaintance   May 07, 2020