2012-06-14 / Obituaries

Kenneth E. Thorell

Kenneth E. Thorell, 82, of 696N State Highway M-94, Manistique, Mich., died Thursday, June 7 2012, at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.

He was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Clarence E. and Ina R. (Fox) Thorell. The family moved to Manistique in 1930 and Ken attended Manistique area schools.

During the Korean War era, he served in the U.S. Army as a deep sea diver.

On March 14, 1953, he married the former Marlyn J. Nelson in Manistique. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique. Marlyn preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 1985.

Ken was always employed as a bricklayer and was currently a lifemember of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union. He later established his own business, Ken Thorell, Inc. and was a self-employed contractor and mason in the Manistique area until his retirement.

Ken served as a fireman with the Manistique Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Manistique, the Schoolcraft V.F.W. Post No. 4420 of Manistique and the Schoolcraft County Sportfishing Association. He was a former member of the Manistique Moose Lodge and Manistique Elks Club. Ken was an avid fisherman and enjoyed going to hunting camp.

Ken is survived by his son, Guy (Linda) Thorell of Manistique; daughter, Lynn (David) MacGregor of Manistique; long time companion, Barb Lenzi of Manistique; grandchildren, Nathan Thorell of Superior, Colo., Robb (Merrisa) MacGregor of Walker, Mich., and Mallary (Patrick) Dillon of Manistique; great granddaughter, Brooklyn MacGregor of Walker; sisters, Helen (the late George) Johnson of Manistique and Jacqueline (Maurice) Fagan of Manistique; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (the late Robert) Thorell of Manistique; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Thorell.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Monday, June 11, at Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A veteran’s memorial service was held at 6 p.m.

Visitation was also held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at First Baptist Church in Manistique. Funeral services followed at 1 p.m., at the church, with Reverend Jay Martin officiating.

Burial was held in Fairview Cemetery at Manistique. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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