Kenneth Stephen Czekalski, died surrounded by his loved ones Friday, October 22, 2021 at age 80. To the surprise of many, it was Covid that took Ken from us and not his undying love for hops and fermented grapes. A man we thought would never die, due to his ornery nature, has gone home.
Ken was fiercely proud of his Polish heritage, the Cleveland Browns and Indians, being a veteran, owning a family cottage and many pontoon boats, bee keeping, his ability to throw a good party for others to enjoy, and his family.
Ken began his work career sweeping floors at Harris-Seybold and progressed to owning his own company, BC&G Machine Incorporated where he employed many family members, friends and folks in need of a job. He could fix or build nearly anything with his amazing collection of tools and machines many of which were painted bright orange (in case someone “forgot” to return them). He loved being involved at the Legion from working breakfasts to keeping the books. And as he would tell anyone who would listen that he was ALWAYS right.
Ken was born to Stanley and Matilda Czekalski who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his partner, Sue Wade; daughters, Eileen (Michael) Ours; Catherine (Brandon) Downs; former spouse; Carol Rueth, grandchildren, Matthew, Sam, Hannah and Daniel Ours, Brandon (Olena) Holland, Cody (Julie) Holland, Abigail, Katelin and Peyton Downs; sister, Sandra (James) Rini; Nieces, Colleen(Steve) Zitkewicz and Wendy Rini; Nephew, James Rini and Cousins. He was also proceeded in death by his beloved goat, Spot.
Ken and all of his infinite wisdom will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A time of visitation will take place Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021 from 6-8pm at Almost Home Event Center 230 S 12th Street Sebring. Funeral will take place on Wednesday October 27, 2021 at Almost Home Event Center at 1 pm with the Very Rev. Canon Matthew Mankowski as celebrant. Burial will immediately follow at Hartzell Cemetery in North Benton with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken's honor can be made to The American Legion Post #76 in Sebring. An after meal will take place at the Sebring American Legion, 395 California Ave Sebring following the cemetery services. Masks are encouraged to be worn for the services indoors. Friends and family may share their online condolences at www.deansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Dean's Funeral Home Sebring, Ohio.