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Kenneth L. Reau

Kenneth Leo Reau died peacefully at New Friends, A vibrant Memory Care & Assisted Living Community on August 23, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of 75.

Ken was born on July 8, 1945 in Richland, MI, the youngest of three children born to Leo and Pauline (Piasecki) Reau. On January 26, 2007 he married Betty Jean (Ruoss) Bradley. Ken grew up in Richland before moving to Kalamazoo where he worked at Kalamazoo Stamp and Die which later became Tower Automotive. He worked as a tool and die maker for many years until his retirement. Ken was actively involved in the local UAW, at one point serving as their treasurer.

Ken was a great man with a tremendous sense of humor. He was known for “telling it like it is”. Ken loved to camp, often taking his family on camping trips when his children were younger and later spending the winters RV-ing in Texas. He was an avid motorcyclist taking many cross-country trips on his beloved Honda Goldwing. He also loved boating, particularly on Gull Lake as well as visiting many amusement parks.

In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by his daughters, Peggy (James) English of Lake Ariel, PA, Patricia (Aaron) Gamache of Marcellus, MI, Jennifer Lasiewicz (Todd Webster) of Eau Claire, MI and Michelle (Michael) Feltner of Milford, MI; step-daughters Wendy (Allen) Ebert and Kim (Jeff) Weers; grandchildren, Daniel English, Michael & Thomas Gamache, Melanie, Emily & Charlie Feltner, Matthew & Karolina Ebert, Victoria Weers & MacKenzie Nichols; great grandchildren, Cullen, McKenzie, Keegan, William and Gabiella English and Michael Nichols. He is additionally survived by Gary Deggs of Whitney, TX and Pamela (Roger) Wesaw-Bell of Kalamazoo to whom he was a father-figure, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at the home of his daughter Patricia at: 10460 Pioneer Rd, Marcellus, MI 49067.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Ken’s name can be made to

Hospice of South West Michigan

or the

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


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