Of Ann Arbor, MI, age 84, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 4, 2023, at his home. He was born September 28, 1938, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Alvin R. & Lucille (Guenther) Toney.
Ken graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, and then joined the Army where he was a cook. He worked for Western-Southern Life Insurance for many years, retiring in 2003. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Alaska multiple times, working crossword puzzles, and working part-time for Parts Peddler delivering parts. Ken was an avid fisherman his entire life, with his greatest “fish tale” being his 244 lb halibut he caught by himself on his first trip to Alaska. Ken was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, where he was very involved in church dinners, including lead chef for the Christmas dinners for 20 years. Ken was awarded Humanitarian of the Year by Faith in Action in 2016. He also volunteered for the Chelsea Community Fair. He was very friendly, and enjoyed talking and joking with everyone.
Survivors include two daughters, Lyn (Michael) Frasson of Trenton, Jill (Steve) Atwell of Chelsea; and their mother, Jean Virgne; four grandchildren, Kayla Rivers, Lexis Frasson, Connor and Chelsea Atwell; one sister, Margaret (Frank) VanSchouten of Oregon; a special friend, Naomi Shepard; and Buddy the cat. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Marie Rothfuss Toney; his sister, Shirley (Duane) Layher; and his brother, Carl (Kathy) Rothfuss.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 13, 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica and Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. The family received friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday from Noon to 4 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Faith in Action.
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