MARQUETTE, Mich. - Kenneth Lawrence Rydholm, 85, of Marquette, died Thursday morning, July 26, 2012, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had been a resident a short while.
Ken was born on December 14, 1926, in Marquette, a son of the late Roy and Hazel (Zerbel) Rydholm. He proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army in occupation forces in Vienna.
Ken retired from Lake Shore Inc. after 44 years of service with them. In his free time, he enjoyed tinkering in his wood shop in the basement.
Kenneth Lawrence Rydholm
He was a former member of the American Legion. His greatest joy was participating in the 40 and 8 engine ride for Bay Cliff Health Camp children.
He is survived by his wife, the former Arlene Scheetz whom he married on March 22, 1974, in Marquette; 11 children, Sarah (Albert) Fortin of Marquette, Cindy (Chuck) Schmittdiel of Hixson, TN, Roy Rydholm of Seattle, WA, Gustave (Anne) Rydholm of Marquette, Beth Rydholm of Marquette, Therese (William) Root of Ionia, Gregory (Marie) Chaperone of Big Bay, John Chaperone of Marquette, Rebecca (Gary) LaValley of Marquette, Michael (Jenny) Chaperone of Milwaukee, WI, and Darrell Chaperone of Big Bay; 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Fries and Barbara Simms, both of Marquette; also several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death besides his parents was his first wife, Betty Coackley Rydholm as well as two sisters, Dorothy Vickers and Shirley Steere.
There is no visitation or service scheduled at this time.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activities Fund, 425 Fisher St., Marquette, MI 49855 or the Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Ken's memory.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com