Kenny Steih

Birth: June 27th, 1955
Death: October 9th, 2017
Age: 62 years
Residence:Midland, Michigan

Kenny Steih

Midland, Michigan

Kenneth Dean Steih (“Kenny”) passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017. Better known as Papa Kenny, Day Care Papa, Thumper and other names not to be repeated in public. Kenny loved life and spending every available moment with his grandchildren, family and friends. Kenny was always active, starting with his love for music, polka dancing, foosball, softball, golf and then transitioning to working with wood, construction, riding his Harley on sunny fall days and positively impacting everyone he met. Kenny and Terri built their home and their life in the heart of woods in the heart of Michigan. Their memories start in early days, from the bonfire at Krzysiak’s pond to the dance floor, to the first playhouse which HAD to be built BEFORE they started construction of their home, a labor of love with Ken and Terri enlisting the help of family and friends and overseeing every nail from the foundation to the last shingle and piece of siding. After the house came the yard, the apple trees, the flowers and bushes along the drive, the trails in the back for long walks through the woods, the “Kid’s Cabin” for his grandchildren. He loved working with wood, from cutting wood to heat their home, for the many hours telling stories at the campfire to building musical instruments and furniture for those he loved. His impact on others never stopped, he was always there for family and friends who needed a hand, a hammer, or help with their home. These were all labors of love for Kenny. And then there was Grandma Nikki’s Day Care, where Kenny started every day with hot coffee and laughter for 15 years. His sarcasm, love of jokes and need to help has left his mark on us all. Ken is survived in this world by Terri, the love of his life for 38 years, co-builder, project manager, story teller and best friend. His daughter Aubrea, married to Jim Burchfield and their talented son AJ; his son Brody, married to Angie and their amazing children William and Charlotte, whom Ken loved like there was no tomorrow; his Mom Helen, who raised him to be honest, hard-working and who taught him to be a great dad and grandpa; his brothers, Paul and Mark, who have plenty of stories about Ken in his younger years, his best friend and brother-in-law, Denny Krzysiak, who probably has more stories than the others combined; Terri’s siblings, Bev Toth, Kara Craddock and Bart Stein, as well as Nikki Krzysiak, who’s day care family had a special place in his heart; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family members. He is preceded in death by his father, Herb, his brother Dave and Terri’s parents, Don and Mary Stein. Kenny will be missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed toward the Shelter House of Midland and Young Life of Midland. Visitation will be held at Rivertown Funeral Chapel (209 S. Huron, Kawkawlin) on Friday (October 13th) from 2 – 7 pm and Saturday (October 14th) 9 – 11 am. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 am. Friends of the family are invited to a luncheon immediately following the service at the VFW Hall – 132 E. Beaver Road, Kawkawlin, Michigan.

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