Kenneth Patrick Black

Kenneth Black

Age 78, passed away January 13, 2020.  He was born February 15, 1941, in Brooklyn, NY, to John Joseph “Joe” Black and Doris Irene Favier.  After graduating from Bethpage High School, Ken served his country by joining the U.S. Navy in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1968.  As a Communications Technician, he joined the Michigan Bell Telephone Company which would later become part of AT&T. He was a union steward for the Communication Workers of America “CWA”.  He retired from AT&T in 2003 after 35 years. Ken was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Lansing and later the University United Methodist Church in East Lansing. Ken was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.  He was an avid golfer.   

Surviving are:  his wife of 51 years, Marilyn; sons, Kenneth (Lee Ann) Black II and Joseph (Jennifer) Black; 5 grandchildren, Nathan, Kenny III, Allison, Gavin and Tommy; siblings, Arthur (Geraldine) Black, Patricia Robillard, and John J. “Jack” (Elizabeth) Black Jr; brother-in-law, Gerald (Roswitha) Tremaine; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; Goddaughters Sheila Gschwind Black and Jenna McMillan.  He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gertrude Ruckdeschel, Lawrence “Buddy” Black, Edward Black, and William Black.  

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, or to University United Methodist Church in memory of Kenneth Black.

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Kristin Mellon
January 14, 2020 at 7:53 pm

So sorry about Ken’s passing. Prayers for your family.

Don and Hulda Nofzinger
January 14, 2020 at 8:19 pm

We are sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Mary Gardner
January 14, 2020 at 10:05 pm

Marilyn and family,
So sorry to hear that Ken passed. No doubt he was greeted with open arms by Jesus when he arrived in heaven. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Gardner

Karen Wilcox
January 15, 2020 at 7:41 am

Marilyn, I was so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Please know my thoughts are with you.

Jan Collins
January 15, 2020 at 8:38 am

Marilyn, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Jan Collins

Pat Grauer
January 15, 2020 at 9:18 am

Marilyn, my love and prayers are with you and your family. This time is so hard, but may memories and God’s grace sustain you all. He was a warm, funny, caring guy, and I know he adored every member of his family.

Barbara Burke
January 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family members.

Rebecca Titus
January 16, 2020 at 10:53 am

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Ken really was such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May you feel God’s comfort now and in the days ahead.

Renee A. Leighton
January 17, 2020 at 3:28 am

My love and prayers for you during this difficult time, Marilyn. I grew to love you and Ken at Christ United Methodist. Both of you were a joy to have in choir. I will never forget Ken’s Brooklyn accent, and his advice to me when I first started leading the choir. As Christians, we know we will see Ken again in heaven. What a wonderful time he must be having exploring that wonderful place…a place with no more tears, sorrows or sickness. What a comfort to know that Ken will be there waiting for you.

Gary & Joyce Williams
January 18, 2020 at 1:47 am

Ken was a Christian man and a stand-up guy you could count on. He will be missed, but he left a good legacy in Ken II and Joe and the grandchildren.
Our condolences to Marilyn. She lived with Ken for over 50 years and didn’t kill him.


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