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Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Priebe

Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Priebe
  • December 12, 1932 - June 14, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I truly loved this man. So kind and gentle. Always positive. I will always miss him. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Linda Fields - Family

“Dave and family,My sympathy in the loss of your father. Dave you are one of my best memories of my time in the Kellogg Plant Office. You were always...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Janet Petersen - Augusta, MI

“My condolences ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Tamara (Tam) Matheson (McIntosh)

“To all the wonderful family for Ken: I'm sorry I'm not able to be there at this time. I'm dealing with health issues but I'm thinking of you all....Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Deonne Estes - East Leroy, MI

“I remember Ken when he came to Battle Creek from Benton Harbor and as his obituary says, "a patient and gentle man" and I would add, a gentleman and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Rodger Owen - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“Ken is a cousin whom I have long ago fond memories of. Ken's Mom, Aunt Louise and my Dad, Erwin Kerlikowske, were brother and sister. In the years...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Barbara Lomonaco - Benton Harbor, MI


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Kenneth W. Priebe of Battle Creek, MI

Ken, 87, died Sunday morning, June 14, 2020 at his residence with family at his side.

Ken, the son of Edwin W. and Louise E. (Kerlikowske) Priebe, was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Ken married his high-school sweetheart and wife of more than 59 years, Lorraine (Hanson) in Benton Harbor in 1952. He is survived by his children, David (Julie) Priebe of Battle Creek and Cindy (Bob) Failing of Granger, Indiana; his 6 grandchildren, Sarah (Ryan) Larson of Michigan, Miranda Priebe of Virginia, Brian (Ashley) Failing of California, Mike Priebe of Michigan; Brad (Lauren) Priebe of Colorado and Jason (Kristen) Failing of Ohio; and eight great-grand children: Abigail, Jack, Lucy and Brynna Failing; Elliana and Theo Larson; and Demetra and Eli Priebe. Ken was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Marvin Priebe; sister-in-law, Lilas (Hanson) Umphrey; and brother-in-law, Bud Umphrey.

Ken spent 39 years as a professional engineer at the Clark Equipment Company in Battle Creek and Lexington, Ky. He raised his family in Battle Creek where he also officiated high school football. After his retirement, he and Lorraine moved to Florida, where they enjoyed taking their family to Disney World, golfing, and going to movies with friends. He returned to Battle Creek in 2018 to spend more time with his family. Ken loved having ice cream, popcorn, pretzels, or coffee with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved travelling, including cruises with family and RV trips. He always followed the latest technology and enjoyed watching the deer, turkey, and birds outside his window. He was a patient and gentle man who looked for the positive in every situation. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Due to the Health Crisis, a private family service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ken's honor may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Ken's family.