2014-02-20 / Obituaries

Keith W. Labenz

Keith W. Labenz Keith W. Labenz CLARKSTON, Mich. – Keith W. Labenz, 61, of 7275 Bluewater Drive, Apartment 216, Clarkston, Mich., passed away peacefully, at his home, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. His soul is now with his Father and he was at peace as he walked through the pearly gates. He was a loving, wise, compassionate man who will forever be in our hearts.

Keith enjoyed the company of his friends and family, throughout his life. As a young boy, he spent many happy summers at the family’s Indian Lake, Ossawinamake Beach cottage and with his Manistique cousins, the Ekstrom and Pawley families. Manistique was the childhood home of his mother, Clara Ekstrom Labenz.

In the past few years, Keith and his wife, Pam, returned to Manistique with a year round camping spot at Indian Lake Travel Resort. Keith loved Indian Lake, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He enjoyed the Cloverland Hunting Camp on the Creighton Truck Trail, riding ATV’s and hunting with his wife and children.

Ketih graduated from Lutheran High East in the Detroit area in 1970. He worked for the Oakland County Road Commission for 29 years, retiring in 2013 as an electrician. Keith loved to share his faith in Jesus Christ and was responsible for many people committing their lives to Christ as well as being baptized. He had a powerful spiritual encounter at Catch the Fire Toronto that brought him to an intimate relationship with the Lord.

He was the beloved husband of the late Pamela Labenz; loving father of Sarah (Eric) Szalkowski, Joshua Labenz, Matthew Labenz and Andrew Labenz; devoted grandfather of Emmett Szalkowski; dear son of the late Walter and Clara Labenz; brother of the late Gary Labenz; and ex-husband of Roberta Labenz.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 14, from 3-9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the funeral home. Please feel free to share a memory with the family at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.

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