Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 12, 2013

Kenneth 'Ken' F. Cooledge

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Kenneth “Ken” F. Cooledge, 74, of Traverse City passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Ken was born on Sept. 9, 1939 to the late Frederick and Lillian (Garey) Cooledge and was raised on Old Mission Peninsula. He went to Mapleton Grade School and graduated from Central High School in 1957. Ken attended Northwestern Michigan College and Western Michigan University.

He married his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Lou (Bixby) Cooledge on Aug. 22, 1964.

Ken had been employed by the Traverse City U.S. Post Office for 36 years and he also drove BATA bus in Leelanau County for over nine years. Ken was a faithful member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Among his other interests Ken enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, traveling and following the Detroit Tigers.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; and two sons, Kevin Cooledge and Loren Cooledge; two grandchildren, Nicholas Cooledge and Emily Cooledge and a brother, Fred (Val) Cooledge of Texas. Also surviving are several brothers-in- law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In accordance with Ken’s wishes, a memorial service will be held in July of 2014.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Cowell Family Cancer Center of Munson Healthcare or Munson Hospice.

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The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.