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Kenneth A. Repke

December 9, 1941 November 29, 2019
Kenneth A. Repke
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Kenneth A. Repke, age 77, of Tower, died at Medilodge of Hillman on Friday November 29, 2019. The only child of Kenneth L. and Lois (Vaughn) Repke, Ken was born in Detroit on December 9, 1941. A veteran of the armed forces, Ken served in the United States Air Force. He married Sharon Kammerer in Tucson, Arizona and they made their home in Detroit until 1974 when they moved to the Onaway area.

A machinist by trade, Ken worked for Tube Fab, Essex Wire, and operated his own machine shop, Forest Machine Craft. Highly intelligent, Ken hungered for knowledge, was politically informed, and had a sharp mind for mechanical thinking. From the time he was a small boy he was always tinkering or inventing something. He made his own solar hot water heater, windmills, and short-wave radios for his ham operator hobby. A gifted musician, Ken played the piano, accordion, and organ.

Surviving Ken is his son, Kenneth A. Repke II and his wife, Ellen; granddaughter, Brianna Repke; and grandson, Brett Repke, all of Groveland, Massachusetts; longtime companion, Delores “Dee” Kappheim of Indian River; and close friend who was like a son to Ken, Neil Cruse and family of Vanderbilt. Ken was preceded in death by his wife Sharon in 1993.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Chagnon Funeral Home where Ken’s family will receive friends from 10 AM until 12 Noon. Ken’s final resting place will be with Sharon at Elmwood Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Ken to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Celebration of Life




10:00 AM 12/7/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/7/2019 12:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, MI 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


Elmwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

21475 M-68 Hwy.
Onaway, MI 49765

21475 M-68 Hwy. Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimers Association


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