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“God bless this wonderful man! ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Bill Conti - friend

“Lou, Fran and I were at our Cottage and did not receive word of Ken's passing until we returned.So sorry for you and Keith at this time.We...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Donald VERMEULEN - new baltimore, MI

“Lucille (Lou). So sorry to read about your husband's passing. Unfortunately I never met him since we lost contact after you and I left EMU so...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Maryann Cannaert Kevonian - MI

“A candle for my uncle Kenny my dad's best friend. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Laura Nicholson - Lake orion, MI

“What an amazing, kind-hearted, and fun-loving Uncle! I am the luckiest niece in the world! Always. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Amy Gentile - Troy, MI - Family

“Keith your dad was such a big part of your life and understandably so--he was a terrific father and person!! He will be missed. My prayers for...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Donna Nitschke - Goorich, MI

Kenneth John Gentile, age 74, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Michigan. Kenneth was born January 31, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Thomas C. Gentile, Sr. and the late Diane (nee: Tranchida) Gentile.

Ken was raised in Detroit and graduated from De LaSalle Collegiate Catholic High School where he excelled at sports, especially football. Following high school he continued his education and sports at Oklahoma State University where he played as a member of their football team..

Ken found that college life was not for him and eventually entered the United State Army serving as a paratrooper. In 1965, in an effort to forestall what he claims will be a "communist dictatorship" in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon B. Johnson dispatched more than 22,000 U.S. troops to restore order on the island nation, which included Ken. Ultimately returning home to Detroit safe & sound following his military service, Ken received his honorable discharge with thanks and praise from a grateful nation.

Ken's employment began as a dispatcher for Central Transport which evolved into driving his own truck as long haul transporter. Never one to sit still and stay in one place for too long, Ken bought the Carmen Party Store on 8 Mile and Ryan Roads. It was while working the many hours at the party store that Ken also studied to become a Master Electrician. Ken eventually sold the party store and went to work for Chrysler Motors as a skilled trades electrician before retiring in 2007.

When Ken was not working he loved to have fun with his family and friends...he was truly a kid at heart. Ken always enjoyed the holidays and family events, surrounding himself with nieces and nephews. He was also a bit of a troublemaker at family events and weddings. Enjoying his adult beverages, Ken could be found creating a little chaos and havoc while pulling practical jokes and stacking glasses. And if you asked Ken for an opinion, he would always provide you with his determined intellectual outlook whether you wanted it or not.

Other pleasures in Ken's life included golfing, fishing, and firearms...Ken loved his guns along with collecting and restoring his many firearms. Additionally, he held a passion for motorcycles. However, he was forbidden from owning a bike (his wife's rule). Ken did buy a motorcycle for a quick minute before Lucille laid down the law...NO motorcycle. She knew Ken's wild side. A simple man with the simple pleasures, loving family and fun. He will be forever missed.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Lucille, and the dear father of Keith Gentile, and the late Jamie Gentile. He was the cherished brother of Thomas C. (the late Sandra) Gentile Jr., William Robert (Sandra) Gentile, and the late Paul Lawrence Gentile. He is also survived by many loving family members and friends.

Mr. Gentile will lie in state Tuesday, May 2nd from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Sterling Heights. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Joseph Gembala. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories of Ken at his memory book above.