Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 11, 2013

Ken 'Pete' Jordan

HARTFORD — Ken “Pete” Jordan, 77, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph.

A lifelong resident of Hartford, he married the former Judy Kopus at the Federated Church on April 25, 1964, in Hartford. For the next 49 years they shared their love for each other as they worked together to enjoy a very good life.

Ken was a 1955 graduate of Hartford High School and served eight years in the Michigan National Guard.

For 34 years he worked for the Sanitary Refuse Company. In 2001 Ken retired from Best Way Disposal. His retirement lasted only two weeks before he decided to return to Best Way, where he worked part time for another 10 years before fully retiring in 2011.

One of Ken’s favorite pastimes was attending tractor shows and seeing his favorite John Deere equipment on display. And, though he loved all things John Deere, he also reserved a place in his heart for Allis Chalmers and Farmall tractors.

Along with his wife, Judy, Ken is survived by two sisters, Shirley (Larry) Anchor, of Hartford, and Betty Jordan, of Dowagiac; three brothers, Roger Jordan, of Bridgman, Tom (Lois) Jordan, of Coloma, and Bill (Darlene) Jordan, of Hartford; brother-in-law, Larry Rinehart, of Mattawan; and sister-in-law, Barbara (Dave) Jorgensen, of Ohio. He is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews, many of whom fondly remember the family reunions when their Uncle Ken hitched a wagon to a tractor and let them all pile in for a ride around the farm. Thirty-five great-nieces and nephews also survive.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lilah Jordan; sister, Pat Rinehart; sisters-in-law, Laurel Jordan and Carol Kopus; father-in-law, Tony Kopus; and mother-in-law, Betty Kopus.

The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is in charge of arrangements, where visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice at Home.

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